Hewitson Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Mad Hatter 2007
Berry Bros & Rudd review:<br/>20 months in new French oak imbued this wine at first with a creamy vanilla bouquet to complement the rich berry fruit, but now, after 4 years ageing, the sheer concentration of the wine is pushing the oak into the background, where it should be. Proprietor Dean Hewitson has a simple philosophy of selecting grapes from very old, well-sited vineyards, and the rationale behind this cuvée, first created in 1992, was to make a wine wholly evocative of the MacLaren Vale, renowned as a top-class source of premium Shiraz. There is a characteristic nose of blackberry with hints of chocolate and mocha; on the palate the wine is highly concentrated and multi-faceted, but never ponderous, and with the benefit of ageing the tannins have now softened and are velvety in texture. Do give it an hour in a decanter before serving as it will reveal more of itself by so doing; serve with full-bodied
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.