Eight rows of this rare and unique planting remain to this day at Rowland Flat and produce winemaker Dean Hewitson’s much-lauded single-vineyard table wine bearing the Old Garden name.
The Vineyard has been hand-tended and dry-farmed by Friedrich Koch and his direct descendants across three centuries.
Vinification: 20% whole bunch; cold soak one week; on skins three weeks after cold soak/remontage Aging: 18 months new French oak barriques (Remond: Alliers, Troancais and Betranges forests).
Planting system: Old low trellis system Vine density: 2,500 per Ha Farming: Dry-land, unirrigated, rye grass between rows, hand pruned
Medium red with a crimson hue. Lifted forest berry, black cherry and orange peel. Palate shows dense, lush blackberries & prune with hints of cigar box, violets and black pepper. Fine, seamlessly integrated tannins.
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Joe Czerwinski
From a vineyard planted in 1853, the Hewitson 2013 Mourvedre Old Garden Vineyard offers a rich mouthful of concentrated fruit. The dark fruit is framed by toasty, vanilla-scented French oak, blending into a full-bodied, supple wine that provides plenty of flavor yet never feels heavy. Although approachable now for its lushness, it should develop more complexity after 2020, so try to stash a bottle or two away.
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: MaryAnn Worobiec
Nutty, with black walnut overtones to the plum and cherry compote, spice and coffee flavors. Shows charm on the finish. Mourvdre. Drink now through 2030.
Score: 93 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Joe Czerwinski
The vineyard was planted in 1853, so these are some seriously old vines, yielding seriously concentrated fruit. The briary, blackberry fruit is lavished with toasty, vanilla-scented French oak, which melds nicely into a full-bodied, slightly creamy-textured wine that avoids any sensation of warmth or heaviness. Drink now2030.
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