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.
'Light, clear crimson; given the medium-bodied weight of the wine, the intensity and length of the wine is prodigious; unlike the '08, red fruits are the main theme, rather than black, on the aromatic bouquet and through the palate. Made from very old vines, and comes with a 20-year cellaring guarantee; French oak and fine tannins complete the story of its ultra-limited production'
97 points James Halliday, Wine Companion
'Comprised of Shiraz (92%) and Mourvedre (8%), the 2009 Private Cellar Shiraz Mourvedre gives a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant, spicy aromas of cassia, cloves and fenugreek over a core of blackberry preserves, warm blueberries and crispy duck skin. The medium to full bodied palate has plenty of spiced berry flavors with very crisp acidity and a medium level of rounded tannins, finishing long. Drink it now through 2021+.'
92 points - Lisa Perotti 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.