Hewitson

Hewitson Winery is located in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and is one of Australia’s most (if not the most) famous viticultural regions. The Barossa Valley sub-region is especially known for the quality of its dry-farmed, often very old Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache vines and the inky dark wines they yield.

Dean Hewitson founded his eponymous winery in 1998. He is a highly respected winemaker with an oenology degree in 1986 from Roseworthy Agricultural College, located in north of Adelaide, South Australia. Over the next decade, Hewitson worked at wineries in Australia, France, Italy and Oregon. Hewitson then moved to the U.S. where he earned a Masters from UC-Davis. On his return home, Dean brought a wealth of knowledge, practical experience and a driving passion to produce wines not only from Barossa Valley, but also from the McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills regions.

Hewitson fundamentally believes great wines are the expression of the soils they are grown in and the season in which they are grown. With his longstanding focus on terroir—specific terroir plots in fact—many of Hewitson’s wines are single vineyard. He sources grapes from not only his own vineyards, but also from long standing grower contracts including a few sourced from some of the oldest living, still productive vines on plots that date back to the mid-19th century and are pre-phylloxera. His ‘Old Garden’ Mourvèdre is a single-vineyard wine, whose vines were planted in 1853 in Barossa Valley and are reputed to be the oldest Mourvèdre vines in the world. Hewitson’s ‘Miss Harry’ is sourced from a Grenache vineyard planted in 1880, also thought to be the oldest Grenache in existence.

Due to Hewitson’s education and experience in Australia, California and France, Hewitson wines combine Old-World traditions with New-World fruit purity. And while he clearly excels with Rhone Valley grape varieties, Hewitson also produces award-winning Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. A practitioner in solar energy, water recycling and encouraging natural biodiversity, Hewitson is proud to produce these wines in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

Current Selections

  • Baby Bush Mourvedre

    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

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  • Falkenberg Shiraz

    Falkenberg Shiraz is Hewitson's premier Shiraz cuvée. The grapes are carefully harvested and fermented then matured in French oak. The wine is incredibly powerful and showcases Barossa Valley Shiraz at its best. While accessible now this wine will reward careful cellaring.

    Planting system: trellised, canopy wires, north-south rows
    Vine density: 2,000 vines per Ha
    Farming: minimum drip irrigation, permanent sward between rows, hand pruned
    Vinification: crushed and destemmed; on skins three weeks after cold soak/remontage
    Aging: New French barriques for 24 months

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  • Gun Metal Riesling

    Eden Valley is recognised as one of the world’s great Riesling regions. This single vineyard is recognised as one of the best Eden Valley vineyards. The specific topography and mineral profile provide ideal conditions for Riesling. Gun Metal describes the grey-coloured stone amongst the vineyard while symbolizing the steely minerality of the wine.

    The aroma and flavor of this single vineyard Riesling reflect the minerals and microclimate in which it is grown. No added sugar. No added acid. Pure expression of the vineyard. Vineyard: Moculta Road Vineyard
    Planting system: trellised, canopy wires, north-south rows.
    Vine density: 2,500 vines per Ha
    Farming: minimum drip irrigation, triticale between rows, hand pruned

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  • Lu Lu Sauvignon Blanc

    Terroir: The Hewitson LuLu Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is superbly situated between Hahndorf and Mount Barker on one of the highest and coolest slopes in the Adelaide Hills. Proudly single vineyard, LuLu articulates the perfect expression of this variety in what is now generally regarded as the premier Sauvignon Blanc region in Australia.

    Vinification: Grapes are harvested in the cool, pre-dawn hours and are crushed and pressed immediately. Aged 100% in temperature stainless steel tank.

    Planting system: vertical shoot positioning; canopy management
    Vine density: 4,000 vines per Ha
    Farming: permanent grass inter-rows; irrigation from dam

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  • Lu Lu Shiraz

    Terroir: The Hewitson LuLu Shiraz vineyard is superbly situated close to the coast. It brings cool climate elegance to Australia’s premier variety. Soils are an ancient seabed made up primarily of sandy loam and limestone.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand- harvested in the cool, pre-dawn hours. The grapes are crushed and demstemmed followed by a three week maceration on the skins at cool temperatures. The young wines are aged briefly in temperature stainless steel tanks and bottled.

    Planting system: vertical shoot positioning; canopy management
    Farming: Limited irrigation from dam; no herbicides

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  • Miss Harry Chardonnay

    Miss Harry is named after Chief Winemaker Dean Hewitson’s daughter Harriet. Hewitson believes great wines are the expression of the soils they are grown in and in the seasons they grow. Through knowledge and experience they strive for balance, structure, concentration, power and breeding.

    Terroir: Sourced from Barossa's Golden Mile vineyard with deep loam and limestone soils. Vines average 35+ years old.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested and immediately crushed and pressed. The juice is fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation is halted prior to malo-lactic fermentation. The wines rest briefly in tank and are bottled.

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  • Miss Harry Rhone Style Blend

    From vines dating back to the 1870s. Traditional vineyards and traditional winemaking Nickname of Harriet Hewitson. Miss Harry is sourced from traditionally grown vineyards dating back to the late 1800s in the Barossa Valley.

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  • Ned and Henry's Shiraz

    "A very good friend of mine challenged me to produce a traditional, full-bodied Barossa Valley wine with the only criteria that it could be drunk young at lunch or dinner and did not stray from my fundamental wine making philosophies. French oak, fine grained tannins, balance, clear fruit expression! Those who know me well know that I just love a good challenge!”

    Vinification: Combination whole bunch and crushed/on skins minimum two weeks/remontage and punchdown Aging: 16 months seasoned French oak barriques

    Vineyard: Steingarten Road vineyard
    Planting system: trellised, canopy wires, north-south rows, north-facing slopes ideal in the Southern Hemisphere
    Vine density: 3,000 per Ha
    Farming: minimum drip irrigation, rye grass between rows, hand pruned
    Harvest: Bush vine by hand and trellised by machine; 6th March to 14th April

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  • Old Garden Mourvedre

    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

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