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Private Cellar

Hewitson `The Mad Hatter` Shiraz 2002 (3x 750mL), McLaren Vale. Screwcap.

$24.67
per bottle
$74
per pack

Quantity Available: 1

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Closed: 22/07/2019 8.30 PM AEST

Wine Summary Image

The idea behind Hewitson The Mad Hatter Shiraz was born in 1988. Dean Hewitson was shut away in a tasting room with Len Evans, evaluating what Evans considered to be the best eight red wines in Australia at the time. As they looked at the different wines, Dean focused on descriptors, while Evans spoke of broader concepts like breeding, structure, power and the background story that gave these wines real context. This changed the way Dean thought about wine and is at the heart of everything Hewitson does today.

We've always thought the Old Garden Mourvèdre perfectly illustrated what Len Evans was talking about - uniquely expressive wines from great old vineyards - so the opportunity to do the same with Shiraz was too good to pass up. This opportunity finally came in 2002. The single vineyard between Seaview Ridge and Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale, cropping at a bit over 2 tonnes an acre has consistently delivered what we felt to be the true expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz. In 2002 it was exceptional, so the decision was made to refine and refocus what we did with it and The Mad Hatter was born.

We've thrown everything we've got at this wine. A huge amount of work has gone into finding the right barrels to support the fruit. We trialled a range of barrels from a small Burgundian cooper called Remond who was able to supply barriques using Nevers, Troncais, Allier and Bertranges oaks. Extensive barrel sampling every six months was undertaken to discover the ideal balance between forests and toast levels, while still giving full reign to the fruit. Each vintage we have made small but significant adjustments according to what the fruit demanded. The 2005 The Mad Hatter was aged for 21 months in new French oak intensifying flavour and complexity of the wine.

This is what Dean reckons Evans meant by 'breeding'- responsive, evolutionary winemaking that's never locked into a formula.

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Region:
SA - McLaren Vale
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

92 Points. James Halliday - Wine Companion.20 July 2011

Very regional; pervasive dark chocolate, blackberry, plum and alcohol; savoury tannins prolong the finish. Two years in French oak. Screwcap.

Winery Tasting Notes

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Colour

rich and intense wine with a deep, inky, purple colour.

Aroma

Hedonistic aromas of licorice, creme de cassis, blackberries, flowers, minerals and spice strike the nose.

Palate

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.

Other Information

  • 2005 vintage
  • 3 x 750mL units
  • SA - McLaren Vale, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
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Bidding History

Bidding Details Bid Time Bid Price Bid Qty Win Qty
P.D - Leichhardt NSW21/07/2019 3.47.41 PM AESTAU $74 11
J.C - Northbridge NSW19/07/2019 6.26.32 PM AESTAU $69 10
Q.P - SINNAMON PARK QLD20/07/2019 10.10.27 AM AESTAU $59 10
R.K - Leichhardt NSW19/07/2019 1.48.13 AM AESTAU $44 10
j.h - marsfield NSW19/07/2019 1.14.20 PM AESTAU $24 10
A.v - PRESTON WEST VIC18/07/2019 10.02.23 PM AESTAU $9 10
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