Dean Hewitson, Winemaker
"A very good friend of mine challenged me to produce a traditional, full-bodied Barossa Valley wine with the only criteria that it could be drunk young at lunch or dinner and did not stray from my fundamental wine making philosophies. French oak, fine grained tannins, balance, clear fruit expression! Those who know me well know that I just love a good challenge!"
Reviews for the 2016 vintage below…
95/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion (2016 Vintage)
"Good colour; a stylish Barossa Valley shiraz that presents its blackberry, plum and fine spices in a supple, medium-bodied palate, tannins and oak both playing valuable support roles. Will go the distance without flinching."
92/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, November 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"The brief is to produce a “traditional, full-bodied” Barossa shiraz that can be consumed young. It sure delivers on the brief. The fruit is dark, the fruit is juicy, the fruit had body and it’s all stack up-front. Tuck in. Coal and blackberry, saltbush and roasted, toasted, nut-like notes. There’s almost a slight char to this wine, in a positive sense. It drinks a treat."
92/100 Huon Hooke, The Real Review, January 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"This is a soft, easy-drinking Barossa red with moderate tannin, low-key oak and disarming drinkability. There are ripe dark plum to blackberry aromas with smoky, earthy, savoury regional overtones. The palate holds soft, sweet fruit and easygoing texture. Good value."