2018 Dean Hewitson Shiraz 'Le Secateur,' Barossa Valley, Australia (750 ml)

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Dean Hewitson founded his eponymous winery in 1998. He is a highly respected winemaker earning 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 Master’s from UC-Davis. On his return home, Dean brought a wealth of knowledge, practical experience and a driving passion. With his longstanding focus on terroir—Hewitson 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.

Dark purple hue with a garnet rim. Complex aromas of black fruit, espresso, pine tar, molasses olives and peppercorn. The elegant palate shows both fresh and dried blackberries, olallieberry and marionberry and a hint of eucalyptus. Beau- tifully integrated and fresh on the tongue; the finish is long and structured, the Black tea-like tannins supported by good acidity. Velvety soft.

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