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Best Wine Of The Year By Quality Goes To 2016 Monopole Mother Vine Shiraz

13/07/2020

2016 Monopole Mother Vine Shiraz - Winner of Best Wine From Australia and Best Wine By Quality at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup

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2016 Monopole Mother Vine Shiraz - Winner of Best Wine From Australia and Best Wine By Quality at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup

Established in 1998, Hewitson winery is situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley on the historic Seppeltsfield Road and boasts some of the oldest vines in the world. Our fruit is sourced from these dry-grown, pre-Phylloxera vineyards of the Barossa Valley and also single site vineyards in Eden Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.

Monopole Mother Vine - Australian Wine Of The Year

We believe great wines are the expression of the soils they are grown in and in the seasons they grow. Through knowledge and experience we strive for balance, structure, concentration, power and breeding.

Hewitson was founded in 1998 as a result of winemaker Dean Hewitson’s driving passion to produce world-class wine fromthe historic, dry-grown vineyards of South Australia’s very best regions including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.

Beginning his career at a young age Dean completed his winemaking degree at Australia’s world-famous Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1986.  This was then followed by working for a decade at Petaluma, one of Australia’s leading wineries. During this time Dean worked three vintages in France, visiting its many diverse regions including Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Beaujolais, The Rhone and Provence. Here he gained considerable knowledge in Old-World winemaking techniques and learnt the value of great vineyards. Dean then travelled to California to study at the renowned UC Davis, completing his Masters in Winemaking in two years.  He toured the West Coast of the United States, visiting and working in regions such as Santa Barbara, Napa Valley, Oregon and Washington State.

On returning home to Australia, Dean conceived the core values for future Hewitson wines.  He was adamant his wines would combine Old-World winemaking methods and traditions with New-World technical knowhow and fruit purity.  The traditional grape growing regions in South Australia surrounding the city of Adelaide, namely the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills, are home to some of Australia’s and indeed the world’s oldest and most treasured vineyards, many of them planted pre-phylloxera and more closely linked to the original clones from Europe than anywhere else in the world. These regions would provide Hewitson with the highest quality grapes: Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale the dry-grown varieties such as Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre; and the cooler climates of Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills providing the best examples of Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc in Australia respectively.

Dean

Winemaker Dean Hewitson

Hewitson’s portfolio has steadily expanded from small beginnings. It has also become something of a family affair with Dean’s wife and three children giving inspiration for his labels LuLu Sauvignon Blanc, Ned & Henry’s Shiraz and Miss Harry Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre.  The Mad Hatter Shiraz derives its name from an old nickname for Dean.

Hewitson is considered in the top echelon of the wine world.

The wines of Hewitson are praised for their flavour, balance and complexity, while the sheer quality and character of the wines demand they are stocked world-wide in personal cellars, the finest hotels and finest restaurants. It naturally follows that these wines receive rave reviews from the best wine writers and critics globally.  With an exciting future ahead Dean’s passion ensures Hewitson wines will always be crafted to reflect his individual winemaking philosophy and the outstanding quality of grapes from the dry grown and ancient vineyards of South Australia.

About Paris Wine Cup

The Paris Wine Cup aims to recognize, reward and promote wine brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific wine drinker. For any wine brand to earn its place on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s wine list -  and then vitally stay there - they need to be marketable and consumer driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it.

That is why the Paris Wine Cup is different. It will single out and shine the spotlight on those wine brands that consumers really want to buy and have a clear market value for trade buyers.

Paris Wine Cup Team

The competition follows strict rules concerning its organization, criteria, Judging, and Results.

A competition that will judge wines in three key areas:

  • Their quality.
  • Their value for money.
  • What they look like.

To be an award winner you will need to have a top quality wine, that offers both the trade and the consumer great value for money, and you will need to look good and truly stand out on the shelf and on the back bar.