HEWITSON Ned & Henry’s Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Dean Hewitson says: ‘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!’.
Experts agree that Hewitson has succeeded admirably. ‘Explosive red berries, warm texture. Velvety soft tannins…’ says James Halliday. ‘An archetypal Barossa Valley Shiraz at a fair price…’ says Jane Faulkner of Wine Companion. ‘Sure delivers on the brief’, says Wine Front’s Campbell Mattinson. ‘Tuck in… drinks a treat’. ‘This is a soft, easy-drinking red with... disarming drinkability’, says Huon Hooke of Real Review. ‘There are ripe, dark plum to blackberry aromas with smoky, earthy, savoury regional overtones’.
This is a soft, easy-drinking Barossa red with moderate tannin, low-key oak and disarming drinkability. There are ripe dark plum to blackberry aromas with smoky, earthy, savoury regional overtones. The palate holds soft, sweet fruit and easygoing texture. Good value.
92 points, Real Review, Jan 2018
An archetypal Barossa Valley Shiraz at a fair price and delivers big time -- here it is without pretension. Delightfully aromatic, it balances ripe, juicy dark fruit with the savouriness and plumpness of the tannins... the palate is velvety, full-bodied and promising.
93 points, Wine Companion, August 2017
The brief is to produce a 'traditional, full-bodied' Barossa Shiraz that can be consumed young... It sure delivers on the brief. The fruit is dark, the fruit is juicy, the fruit has body and it’s all stacked up-front. Tuck in. Coal and blackberry, saltbush and roasted, toasted, nut-like notes. There’s almost a slight char to this wine, in a positive sense. It drinks a treat.
92 points, Wine Front, Nov 2017
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.