Baby Bush vines are thrived in the cool vintage of 2011 that saw a slow and even ripening period. The later maturing nature of Mourvèdre grapes meant ripening occurred in sunny and warm conditions compared to the cool and rain of earlier in the vintage.
After hand picking and fermentation on skins, the wine completed its maturation for 16 months in the very same barrels used, when new, for Old Garden Mourvèdre. During this period the barrels experienced batonnage, where wine was mixed the fermentation lees with the new wine by rotating barrels on little wheels built into the racks.
As title tells, Hewitson Baby Bush is made 100% from Mourvèdre grape. Mourvèdre is not so common grape, at least for me, which made the tasting really fascinating.
Typical Hewitson label, white background and certain color of letters.
Wine itself is ruby red, some brownish although vintage is quite young 2011.
Depending on glass, even liquorice-chocolate, but blackberry and boysen berry raised from both glasses. As wine is almost as strong as Amarones’s aroma of alcohol felt more strongly in bigger glass.
Full-bodied a little bit spicy but tender taste. When wine opens up, flavor becomes even better.
Facts and figures:
|Energy:||90 kcal / 100 ml (370 kJ / 100 ml)|
|Closure:||metal screw cap|
Wine is excellent, well balanced and tannins do not interfere too much. Suits perfeclty with red meats but also with spicy foods as it has some character. I would not forget it either on cold winter days although we have not seen them yet in Helsinki.
REVIEW: OVERALL GRADE 4+/5 – BANG FOR THE BUCK +++ /+++