Shiraz Grenache Mataro, more commonly called SGM, is a wine style that marries the berry and chocolate Shiraz characters with floral Grenache and smokey spice Mataro notes. All the batches have been individually fermented and matured to allow for the final blending to maximise the characters and quality.
Hewitson was founded in 1998 as a result of winemaker Dean Hewitson’s driving passion to produce world-class wine from the historic, dry-grown vineyards of South Australia’s very best regions including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.
A typically cool growing season. An unsettled flowering (windy and a lot of rain) led to very low crops- and very concentrated wines. Chardonnay ripened slowly, with excellent flavours and great natural acidity.
Perfect flowering conditions in late spring helped cement a bountiful yield which was followed by a warm dry summer with virtually no disease pressure.
Slow, cool ferment helped to enhance the flavours of Turkish delight and red berries. The balance of natural sugar and acid give a clean and balanced palate that surrounds the gentle Sangiovese spice.
Within the 70 acres of 50 year old Semillon vines we have there is always a block that stands out each vintage and warrants keeping by itself for bottling under our White Label range.
La Bise is French for ‘The Kiss’ so it’s only natural that Tash would do a Pinot Gris as opposed to a Grigio which is more acidic and more Italian in style. From the same grape the Gris style is picked a little later therefore has higher sugar (alcohol) and less acid. It is more rounded on the palate and fuller bodied on the finish. I describe it as the chardonnay drinkers sauv blanc.
Colour: Dark cherry red with a mauve hue.
Nose: Dark raspberry fruit, floral pot pourri and with a hint of Turkish delights and a subtle malty oak note. Remarkably poised and fresh with interesting mineral, quartz stone complexity.