Hewitson Old Garden Mourvèdre 2021


Planted in 1853, the original, ungrafted vines producing the Hewitson Old Garden Mourvèdre are believed to be the oldest on the planet. In the 2021 vintage a fruits-of-the-forest fragrance abounds: raspberries, blueberries and blackberries with red plums and violets, complimented by French barrique aromas of mocha, vanilla, clove and cedar alongside savoury sanguine and dried leaf notes. It’s a full-bodied wine, but with medium alcohol at 13.5% has elegance too. There is freshness with acidity, dusty but firm tannins and a long finish – a structure crying for some charry BBQ goodness. Youthful and fruitful, drinking well now and will certainly last the distance for 15+ years.