Old Garden Mourvedre 2013


Eight rows of this rare and unique planting remain to this day at Rowland Flat and produce winemaker Dean Hewitson’s much-lauded single-vineyard table wine bearing the Old Garden name.

The Vineyard has been hand-tended and dry-farmed by Friedrich Koch and his direct descendants across three centuries.

Vinification: 20% whole bunch; cold soak one week; on skins three weeks after cold soak/remontage
Aging: 18 months new French oak barriques (Remond: Alliers, Troancais and Betranges forests).

Planting system: Old low trellis system
Vine density: 2,500 per Ha
Farming: Dry-land, unirrigated, rye grass between rows, hand pruned

Additional Information

Medium red with a crimson hue. Lifted forest berry, black cherry and orange peel. Palate shows dense, lush blackberries & prune with hints of cigar box, violets and black pepper. Fine, seamlessly integrated tannins.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Barossa Valley
  • Winemaker: Dean Hewitson
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Sand, Limestone
  • Avg Vine Age: Planted in 1853
  • Yield: 4.8 tons/ha
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Ttl Acidity: 6 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: .6 g/l
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Mourvedre

Recent Press

  • Score: 93 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Joe Czerwinski
    Date: Friday, January 19, 2018
    From a vineyard planted in 1853, the Hewitson 2013 Mourvedre Old Garden Vineyard offers a rich mouthful of concentrated fruit. The dark fruit is framed by toasty, vanilla-scented French oak, blending into a full-bodied, supple wine that provides plenty of flavor yet never feels heavy. Although approachable now for its lushness, it should develop more complexity after 2020, so try to stash a bottle or two away.
  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: MaryAnn Worobiec
    Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
    Nutty, with black walnut overtones to the plum and cherry compote, spice and coffee flavors. Shows charm on the finish. Mourvdre. Drink now through 2030.
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Joe Czerwinski
    Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
    The vineyard was planted in 1853, so these are some seriously old vines, yielding seriously concentrated fruit. The briary, blackberry fruit is lavished with toasty, vanilla-scented French oak, which melds nicely into a full-bodied, slightly creamy-textured wine that avoids any sensation of warmth or heaviness. Drink now2030.

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