Wine Club - 2002 Tastings
Monday 18th November 2002
“Rising Stars” – Hewitson and Wither Hills presented by David Carter
Dean Hewitson left Petaluma after many years as winemaker to set up his own winery. He chose to source his fruit from contract growers around South Australia, thereby buying in to premium parcels of old vines. “Dry grown and ancient” is his watchword. The “Old Garden” Mourvedre vines are 149 years old, lower yielding but producing concentrated and intense fruit flavours.
His wines are already attaining cult status and have now been “parkerised”.
Brent Maris brand name “Wither Hills” takes its name from the range of hills overlooking the family property in the Wairau Valley in the Marlborough region. He is one of New Zealand’s most respected winemakers and a senior wine judge with a high International profile. Becoming Marlborough’s first qualified winemaker in 1983, his ability to blend varietals in a manner that best represents regional style and character is renowned. “Created in the vineyard” is his philosophy.
Two highly committed winemakers producing world class wines to tickle your tastebuds.
Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2001; Hewitson ‘Miss Harry’ 2001; Hewitson Barossa Shiraz 2000; Hewitson L’Oizeau Shiraz 1999 McLaren Vale; Hewitson Private Cellar Shiraz Mourvedre 2000 Barossa; Hewitson ‘Old Garden’ Mourvedre 2000 Barossa; Hewitson Eden Valley Riesling 2001; Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2002; Wither Hills Chardonnay 2001.