Hewitson Mad Hatter Shiraz 2012
$4999each
$599DOZEN
WineryHewitson
Fruit Shiraz
Regions McLaren Vale
  South Australia
Each $49.99
$599.00
Available in cases of 6
From an elite site between Seaview Ridge and Blewitt Springs in the McLaren Vale, cropping at a bit over two tonnes an acre. As a single vineyard wine, a limited quantity of Mad Hatter is made each year. Mad Hatter is not a reference to Alice in wonderland, rather it is the nickname Dean Hewitson's closest friends have called him for many years. And why mad? Anyone who has spent more than five minutes with Hewitson will surely be able to explain.
Dean Hewitson was shut away in a tasting room with Len Evans, evaluating what Evans considered to be the nation's finest. Evans spoke of broader concepts like breeding, structure, power and the background story which gave wines context. This changed the way Dean Hewitson thought about wine and is at the heart of everything he does today. A huge amount of work goes into Mad Hatter Shiraz, finding the right oak to support the fruit. Extensive barrel samplings are made every six months to determine the ideal balance and cooperages. After three weeks fermentation on skins, Mad Hatter is matured twenty months on lees in a selection of completely new French oak, achieving remarkable integration and complexity.
TASTING NOTES
Rich, intense appearance with a deep, inky, purple colour. Hedonistic aromas of licorice, creme de cassis, blackberries, flowers, minerals and spice strike the nose. These aromas are followed by an even more powerful, concentrated mid-palate with superb flavours of chocolate, blackberry and mocha coupled with fine ripe tannins. The finish is long and multi dimensional. Approachable now and will cellar well.
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About Hewitson Winery
Dean Hewitson is driven by passion. His creation of individual, exquisite wines from the ancient vineyards of South Australia is for your indulgence
Dean Hewitson captures the essence of history and the magic in old vines and bottles it. His passion for wine is undeniable and his desire to share this passion is even greater. This led him to a life in which he creates wine purely for the enjoyment of others. Rather than purchasing vineyards, Hewitson made the savvy business decision to create long term associations with a network of established growers, allowing him to seek out the varietals he desired. Hewitson»