Hewitson Old Garden Vineyard Mourvèdre 2021


The world’s oldest Mourvèdre vines, planted in 1853 in the Old Garden Vineyard, provide us with something a bit special. There are just eight rows yielding the grapes, so perhaps best not to hesitate. Grab what you can, as soon as you can. 85% whole bunches used here, 30 days in vat then 18 months maturation in new French oak barriques from a range of forests. Dark magenta in colour, the nose exhibits notes of chocolate, coffee beans, florals, violets, warm earth and really good Cuban cigars. Early evidence of complexity emerging, the wine has focus with bright acidity running the length. The wine maintains its intensity for the full journey and what length it really does offer. A cracking wine which will surely present well for at least fifteen to twenty years.