Shiraz Barossa South Australia
A very good friend challenged Dean Hewitson to construct the traditional, full bodied Barossa Shiraz, to be drunk young at lunch or at dinner, without straying from the fundamental Hewitson philosophies of French oak, fine grained tannins, perfect balance and profound expression of fruit. The Hewitson loves a challenge and rose to the moment with a delicious, forward drinking old vines Barossa Shiraz, dressed in the finest French oak. Most definitely full bodied, yet has great balance and poise with it's signature drinkability factor.
From well situated vineyards on red soils over limestone, the classic Terra rossa, providing the fruit for Ned & Henrys. The sites are traditionally grown and low cropped, they produce the requisite flavours and tannins for this style of wine. After a course of traditional vinification, Ned and Henry are pressed into quality French oak barriques for the completion of primary ferments and a term of malolactic. The wine matures in these barrels for a year or more before racking. While the base wine has always been Shiraz, each year a small proportion of Mourvedre is included, which accentuates the palate and delivers the complexity which is Ned & Henry.
Deep red with a purple hues. Distinctively Barossa nose, black and red, ripe fruits and a dried herb spice influence of Mourvedre. Seamless class of perfectly ripe fruit and French oak is a stand out. The palate structure delivers fully, flavours of red fruits, dark cherry and dark earth characters are intense and concentrated yet soft and supple. The tannins are gentle yet persistent.