About Me

Gavin Hubble - (BSc & Post Grad. Business Marketing) - I started working in the wine industry over 23 years ago in New Zealand. Working in; wine retail, sales, wine production, label & packaging design, marketing, wine buying, consulting and wine education. I am responsible for the Brand Health of 60+ wine brands distributed here in New Zealand. Wine Brands from New Zealand, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. I work closely with the Trade Industry - (Retail Stores & Restaurants) introducing, educating and positioning exciting and unique brands to wine enthusiasts all over the world.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hewitson 'Ned & Henry's' Shiraz 2009

Grape Variety: Shiraz - (nearly 100%)*

Growing Region: Barossa Valley, Australia

Owner/ Winemaker: Dean Hewitson

This wine is named after 'Miss Harry' - Harriet's older brothers Ned & Henry, two real characters and the wine likewise.
After traditional fermentation the wine was pressed and went into selected French barriques, where the wine finished fermentation and also underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine matured in these barrels for a total of about fifteen months before racking.
While the base for this wine has always been Shiraz, each year Dean has blended in a small portion of Mourvedre with the Shiraz, which accentuates the fruit and delivers greater complexity. In the glass you have a very deep red with a purple hue to the edge. The wine has a bright aroma that is distinctively Barossa Valley: ripe black fruits and berries with a solid, concentrated core. On the palate the wine has a seamless class of perfectly ripe fruit and the French oak currently plays a strong role. The fruit flavours are full and concentrated yet soft and supple. The tannins are gentle yet persistent and completely mould into the wine.
Ned and Henry's is most definitely full-bodied: chocolate, blackberry and dark-earth characters. Yet the wine has great balance and poise and carries that signature called 'drinkability'. This is perhaps the best vintage I have tried to date, very reminiscent of the fabulous 2006. Decant for 30-40mins, serve at 18C.

Drinking well this winter and over the next 5-7 years.

Perfect wine match with game, rich meat dishes, wine reductions jus and rich cheeses, enjoy.

A classic old dry grown bush vine Shiraz.


1 comment:

  1. I received this Barossa Shiraz as a wedding present and it tastes magnificent. A true Barossa brand indeed!