Hewitson is dedicated to producing traditionally-made, expressive wines from the great vineyards of South Australia's famous wine regions: Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and stretching to the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Geographically these regions are collectively known as The Adelaide Super Zone. This is Hewitson's backyard.
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This lovely, well respected little wine with the funky name was given 3 years of cellaring at 12 degrees Celsius. The results were more than acceptable: the wine is softer, more supple and approachable - more like Cornas. The nose is very Barossa with plum and blackberry jam - very much like we make here on the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. There is also that touch of menthol or perhaps cough-drop Eucalyptus. On entry, the wine is well-balanced and perfect for drinking now since the tannins have diminished in strength. Medium to long finish. The only blemish to report is a slight lack of body for an Oz Shiraz. But good value and recommended - if you are lucky enough to find it!
External Reviews for Hewitson Shiraz Barossa Valley Ned & Henry's
Bright and crisp, this is a distinctive style for a Barossa Shiraz that goes for nimbleness instead of power, focusing the meaty blackberry flavors through the fine tannins on the finish. Best from 2008 through 2015.
Glass-staining ruby. Ripe black raspberry and blueberry aromas are complicated by notes of fruitcake and licorice. Racy, tightly wound red and dark berry flavors show good energy for a Barossa Valley wine, with a firm core of minerality lending spine and focus. Finishes with good sappy persistence and riper plum and cherry notes.
There's a mineral edge to the black fruit, licorice and green olive flavors, lingering on the polished, expressive finish. Best from 2010 through 2016.
Deep ruby. Pungent red berry and cherry aromas show an impressive array of floral and herbal qualities, with bright minerality adding energy. Brisk and youthfully taut, with vibrant strawberry and raspberry flavors gaining sweetness with air. Finishes with silky tannins and lingering raspberry and cherry preserve flavors. This is drinking well now.
The fabulous, rich, intense, full-bodied 2005 Shiraz Ned & Henry's displays extraordinary purity and nuance. The bacon fat character found in the 2004 has not yet emerged from the 2005. The 2005 appears to possess greater intensity, richness, and staying power. This wine has the potential to keep for 7-8 years.
A new offering (and a splendid bargain) is the 2002 Ned and Henry's, a 100% Shiraz cuvee loaded with fruit. Made in an exotic, up-front style, it is designed for consumers unwilling to defer their gratification. A full throttle effort with tremendous suppleness as well as explosive fruit, it is loaded from start to finish. Terroirists and those who find fault with wines that give serious pleasure will be dismissive of this offering, but it's a beauty. Consume it over the next 3-5 years.
Hewitson's best Shiraz to date is this lush, creamy-textured offering, filled with dense chocolate and blackberry aromas and flavors. Hints of coffee linger on the long, velvety finish. The price is fair, too. Drink now-2015.
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