Hewitson

Country: Barossa Valley - Australia

Region: Barossa Valley


Hewitson Winery is located in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and is one of Australia’s most (if not the most) famous viticultural regions. The Barossa Valley sub-region is especially known for the quality of its dry-farmed, often very old Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache vines and the inky dark wines they yield. 

Dean Hewitson founded his eponymous winery in 1998. He is a highly respected winemaker with an oenology degree in 1986 from Roseworthy Agricultural College, located in north of Adelaide, South Australia. Over the next decade, Hewitson worked at wineries in Australia, France, Italy and Oregon. Hewitson then moved to the U.S. where he earned a Masters from UC-Davis. On his return home, Dean brought a wealth of knowledge, practical experience and a driving passion to produce wines not only from Barossa Valley, but also from the McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills regions. 

Hewitson fundamentally believes great wines are the expression of the soils they are grown in and the season in which they are grown. With his longstanding focus on terroir - specific terroir plots in fact - many of Hewitson’s wines are single vineyard. He sources grapes from not only his own vineyards, but also from long standing grower contracts including a few sourced from some of the oldest living, still productive vines on plots that date back to the mid-19th century and are pre-phylloxera. His ‘Old Garden’ Mourvèdre is a single-vineyard wine, whose vines were planted in 1853 in Barossa Valley and are reputed to be the oldest Mourvèdre vines in the world. Hewitson’s ‘Miss Harry’ is sourced from a Grenache vineyard planted in 1880, also thought to be the oldest Grenache in existence. 

Due to Hewitson’s education and experience in Australia, California and France, Hewitson wines combine Old-World traditions with New-World fruit purity. And while he clearly excels with Rhone Valley grape varieties, Hewitson also produces award-winning Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. A practitioner in solar energy, water recycling and encouraging natural biodiversity, Hewitson is proud to produce these wines in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

Hewitson Collection


Lu Lu Sauvignon Blanc Price € 15.80

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Sensory features: Fresh, vibrant and perfectly balanced with the just right amount of acidity, Hewitson LuLu Sauvignon Blanc is packed with zesty lemon and lime flavours along with plenty of delicate tropical fruits. With excellent balance and a long finish, this again highlights why Hewitson are considered one of Australia's leading Sauvignon Blanc makers..

Technical notes

Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Terroir: The Hewitson LuLu Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is superbly situated between Hahndorf and Mount Barker on one of the highest and coolest loam and clay slopes in the Adelaide Hills. Proudly single vineyard, LuLu articulates the perfect expression of this variety in what is now generally regarded as the premier Sauvignon Blanc region in Australia. It will complement a large array of foods including fish, seafood, salads and white meats.

Vinification: Grapes are harvested in the cool, pre-dawn hours and are crushed and pressed immediately. Aged 100% in temperature stainless steel tank. 
Planting system: vertical shoot positioning; canopy management
Vine density: 4,000 vines per Ha
Farming: permanent grass inter-rows; irrigation from dam

Bottle size: 750ml

Alcohol content: 12%

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Gun Metal Riesling Price € 16.80

Gun Metal Riesling

Eden Valley is recognised as one of the world’s great Riesling regions. This single vineyard is recognised as one of the best Eden Valley vineyards. The specific topography and mineral profile provide ideal conditions for Riesling. Gun Metal describes the grey-coloured stone amongst the vineyard while symbolizing the steely minerality of the wine.

Sensory features: Pale straw with green tinges. Lime minerals and powder. Citrus, especially lime predominates the flavour profile, while carrying the trademark minerality that Gun Metal is renowned for.

Technical notes

The aroma and flavour of this single vineyard Riesling reflect the minerals and microclimate in which it is grown. No added sugar. No added acid. Pure expression of the vineyard.

Vineyard: Moculta Road Vineyard, Ancient oxidised ferrous loams over shale soil

Planting system: trellised, canopy wires, north-south rows.

Vine density: 2,500 vines per Ha

Farming: minimum drip irrigation, triticale between rows, hand pruned

Bottle size: 750ml

Alcohol: 12%

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Miss Harry Rhone Blend GMSCC Price € 18.00

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From vines dating back to the 1870s. Traditional vineyards and traditional winemaking Nickname of Harriet Hewitson. Miss Harry is sourced from traditionally grown vineyards dating back to the late 1800s in the Barossa Valley. A blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Shiraz, Carignan and Cinsault. These varieties are historically grown in the southern Rhone Valley of France near the Mediterranean, and are blended together to make the local wine. These varieties also have a natural affinity for the Barossa Valley.

Sensory features: Bright red with a medium purple hue. Aroma of cherries, strawberries, spice and Provencale herbs. The palate is wonderfully fresh and with juicy forest fruits, dried herbs and a creamy complexity derived from its maturation on yeast lees in old French oak barrels. The concentrated fruits, fine tannin and perfectly integrated acid complete the wine.

Technical Notes

Grape varieties: 50% Grenache, 23% Mourvèdre, 22% Shiraz, 5% Cinsault and Carignan

Soil: Ancient oxidized ferrous soil, limestone and sand to gravel.

Alcohol content: 14%

Bottle size: 750ml

 

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Ned & Henry Shiraz Price € 19.10

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"A very good friend of mine challenged me to produce a traditional, full-bodied Barossa Valley wine with the only criteria that it could be drunk young at lunch or dinner and did not stray from my fundamental wine making philosophies. French oak, fine grained tannins, balance, clear fruit expression! Those who know me well know that I just love a good challenge!” Dean Hewitson

Sensory features: Vivid ruby. Spicy cherry, black raspberry and violet on the intensely perfumed nose. Round and fleshy but lively as well, with flavours of dark berries, allspice and white pepper spreading out nicely on the back half. Blends power and vivacity smoothly and finishes sweet and long, with smooth tannins folding quickly into the wine's juicy dark fruit.

Technical notes

Grape variety: 100% Shiraz

Soil: Ancient oxidized ferrous soil, limestone

Vinification: Combination whole bunch and crushed/on skins minimum two weeks/remontage and punchdown Aging: 16 months seasoned French oak barriques 
Vineyard: Steingarten Road vineyard
Planting system: trellised, canopy wires, north-south rows, north-facing slopes ideal in the Southern Hemisphere
Vine density: 3,000 per Ha
Farming: minimum drip irrigation, rye grass between rows, hand pruned
Harvest: Bush vine by hand and trellised by machine

Alcohol content: 14%

Bottle size: 750ml

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Baby Bush Mourvèdre Price € 18.00

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Mourvèdre responds best to traditional vineyard practices with dry-grown, untrellised bush vines thriving in both Europe and the Barossa Valley. Taking cuttings from the 1853 planting of the Hewitson Old Garden vineyard, the oldest Mourvèdre vines on Earth, Hewitson grew, then crafted a wine from Baby Bush vines that takes a new look at an old treasure.

Sensory featuresCuttings taken form the 1853 Old Garden plantings, hence the name. This is an alluringly youthful rendition with blue and red fruits intermingled with wild herbs; dark, stony notes; earth and subtly brooding spices. The palate has a tarry, dark-cherry flavor with some peppery moments. The tannins are nutty and ripe. Smooth-textured. Finishes with innate balance.

Technical notes

Grape variety: Mourvèdre. (cuttings from the 1853 Old Garden bush-vines)

Soil: Ancient oxidised ferrous, Limestone

Vinification: Combination whole bunch and crushed/on skins minimum two weeks/remontage and punch-down

Aging: 15 months seasoned French oak barriques.

Planting system: 15 years old bush vine/untrellised/head pruned

Vine density: 4,000 per Ha

Farming: Dry-land, unirrigated, rye grass between rows, mulched under vine, hand pruned

Harvest: By hand; 4th April to 8th April

Alcohol content: 14%

Bottle size: 750ml

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Old Garden Mourvèdre Price € 52.00

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Eight rows of this rare and unique planting remain to this day at Rowland Flat and produce winemaker Dean Hewitson’s much-lauded single-vineyard table wine bearing the Old Garden name. The vineyard has been hand-tended and dry-farmed by Friedrich Koch and his direct descendants across three centuries. 

Sensory features: Another superb but cryptic rendition of this 1853-planted, single-site mourvèdre that shows a monolithic character with immense depth and ripe blue and red fruits on the nose plus floral notes and a dash of slinky, vanillin-scented oak. The palate has layered, sheet-like tannins and a toasty oak thread woven through a complex, deep, ripe core of concentrated cassis and blue-fruit flavours.

Technical notes

Grape variety: 100% Mourvèdre

Soil: Sand, Limestone

Vinification: 20% whole bunch; cold soak one week; on skins three weeks after cold soak/remontage

Aging: 18 months new French oak barriques (Remond: Alliers, Troancais and Betranges forests). 

Planting system: Old low trellis system

Vine density: 2,500 per Ha

Farming: Dry-land, unirrigated, rye grass between rows, hand pruned

Alcohol cotent: 14%

Bottle size: 750ml

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