Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2008 Hewitson Miss Harry (Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Cinsault) - Retail

Hewitson is an impressive winery. Red and I were treated a lovely tasting and tour of their new facilities in the Barossa late in 2009, and they run a tight ship. I really like their wine labels, the marketing and the overall feel of their setup (their wines are pretty damn good too).

The Hewitson Miss Harry is a predominantly Grenache and Shiraz blend with smaller amounts of Mourvedre and Cinsault added (this being based on from the Hewitson website as it is not on the bottle).

Despite the very difficult 2008 vintage in South Australia, the wine has a nice spicy strawberry nose, juicy red fruits on the palate with a relatively savoury, smooth finish. There is comparatively low alcohol heat evident, and no obvious/overt confectionary, soupy or stewed fruit flavours. It drinks well, and quite effortlessly.

Personally I would be buying this wine to drink in the near-future. I wouldn’t trust the vintage enough to cellar this wine for too long, though am happy to stand corrected in 5-10 years time. In summary a nice, easy drinking yet balanced result from a difficult year made by a very switched-on winery.

RRP: $23-$26
ABV: 14%

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