Dean Hewitson Miss Harry 2010


"firm tannins and a fresh finish"
James Suckling on Aug-2012

91 points

Some berry and chocolate character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, with firm tannins and a fresh finish. Subtle and very drinkable. Better in 2013. From Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre, Carignan and Cinsault. Screw cap.

"The only question is why it is so underpriced."
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2013 on 25-Jul-2012

Rating: 94 points

Predominantly grenache and shiraz, with small amounts of mourvedre, carignan and cinsaut, sourced from 25 separate vineyard plots, five over 100 years old, half of the remainder over 50 years old. Medium-bodied, there is wonderful tension between the array of predominantly black fruits and the savoury tannins on the finish. The only question is why it is so underpriced


The 2010 Miss Harry continues the success of this beautifully structured, fruit-concentrated red wine that absolutely delivers with integrity, intrigue, class and complexity in a very approachable style.
The colour of 2010 Miss Harry is bright red with a deep purple hue. The aroma is of black berry and red and black forest berries, pepper, spice, garrigue, dried lavender and herbs with layers of creamy complexity offered by the extended barrel maturation on lees.
The palate is wonderfully full, showing ripe black berries, strawberries and plums, and has a concentrated core of fruit essence with a racy acidity that gives the wine incredible vivacity. The finish is long, continuous and fresh. 2010 Miss Harry is quite an exceptional wine and is absolutely world-class.

2010 vintage Miss Harry is sourced from traditionally grown vineyards dating back to the late 1800s in the Barossa Valley. The 2010 vintage is a blend of Grenache (44%), Shiraz (39%), Mourvèdre (8%), Carignan (4%) and Cinsault (4%). All of these varieties are historically grown in the southern Rhone Valley of France near the Mediterranean, and are normally blended together to make the local wine. These varieties have a natural affinity for the Barossa Valley. The old deep-rooted Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre perfectly accompany the later-ripening and lower-alcohol Carignan and Cinsault and that add a small yet important part to the blend.

The vineyards were picked at optimum maturity, fermented separately on their skins before finishing fermentation and malo-lactic fermentation in old French barriques then matured in these same barrels for about twelve months without racking. These are our traditional methods that intensify flavour and complexity.

14% abv

Mourvèdre responds best to traditional vineyard practices with dry-grown, untrellised bush vines thriving in both Europe and the Barossa Valley. Taking cuttings from the 1853 planting of the Hewitson Old Garden vineyard, the oldest Mourvèdre vines on Earth, we grew, then crafted a wine from Baby Bush vines that takes a new look at an old treasure. 
Our Baby Bush vines thrived in the warm vintage of 2010 that saw a slow and even ripening period. After hand picking and fermentation on skins, the wine completed its maturation in the very same barrels used, when new, for Old Garden Mourvèdre. The result is an intense wine of unique quality displaying very similar, yet youthful, flavours and characteristics of the Old Garden.
Dean Hewitson Miss Harry 2010
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