With an average age of 15 years these Baby Bush vines take the pedigree of the world’s oldest Mourvèdre vineyard yet are imbued with the vibrancy and bold confidence of youth. Baby Bush is a wine of natural beauty that is unique in its heritage and history.
Vinification: Combination whole bunch and crushed/on skins minimum two weeks/remontage and punch-down Aging: 15 months seasoned French oak barriques.
Planting system: Bush vine/untrellised/head pruned
Vine density: 4,000 per Ha
Farming: Dry-land, unirrigated, rye grass between rows, mulched under vine, hand pruned
Harvest: By hand; 4th April to 8th April
The 2013 Baby Bush is a wonderful expression of this variety. The aromas display classic Mourvèdre richness, ripeness and rusticity. The dark, brambly, blueberry aromas are matched with the sage, earth and undergrowth. These aromas carry right through the palate which delivers a rich, velvety mouth feel, backed by very soft and fully ripe tannins. The structure, balance and youthful poise of 2013 Baby Bush Mourvèdre ensures the wine is extremely enjoyable now. It will also reward with time in the cellar.
Score: 94 PointsHalliday Wine Companion Author: James Halliday
Dean Hewitson notes that the oldest Baby Bush vines are now 18yo, 'so not quite babies anymore'. This release included 15% whole bunches in the ferment. It hasn't hurt the wine's sense of self. It edges towards the impression of 'completeness'. Rakes of tannin, drives of acid, imposing fruit, leather and spice. Most impressive. A good option for the medium term cellar.
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Josh Raynolds
Brilliant ruby-red. Fresh red berries and floral pastilles on the focused nose. Juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are accented by a touch of cracked pepper, which adds back-end cut. Silky tannins shape the finish, which hangs on with repeating florality.
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