Dean Hewitson spent ten years at Petaluma honing his craft before establishing his own label. If you haven’t experienced his Hewitson wines, it's time. He is one of the most important winemakers in the country, producing wines that champion and honour the growers with whom he works.
'Good colour to a wine highlighting the synergy between old vine Shiraz and Mourvedre; the bouquet has an array of sultry black fruits which the palate builds on with its complex flavour, texture and structure all harmoniously interwoven; perfect line, length and balance; the 20-year cellaring suggestion on the label is conservative.'
96 points James Halliday, Wine Companion
'Deep garnet-purple in color, 2008 Private Cellar Shiraz Mourvedre has a pronounced earthy / meaty nose over a core of warm black cherries, blackberries and mulberries plus wilted roses, chocolate and allspice. The palate is medium to full bodied and packed with dense flavor layers, well supported by crisp acid and a high level of exquisitely fine-grained tannins, finishing very long and elegant. Give it another 2 years in bottle for the flavors to develop and fan-out and drink this one 2013 to 2022+'
94+ points - Lisa Perrotti Brown, Robert Parker
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.