Hewitson Barrel 1853 2020


This is a single barrel made by an equal blend of Monopole Shiraz and Old Garden Mourvèdre, assembled after each spent 20 months in oak. It is quite extraordinary, not just because the wine is so damned good, but because of its link to the earliest days of grape growing in the Barossa Valley. It’s fragrant and perfumed with slightly confectionery notes overlaying the spicy plummy red fruit mix on the nose. Has a decent oak influence but fruit of such concentration and power needs it. And it has many years in it, although I could drink plenty of this now.