Sunday, October 17, 2004

Winecology: Hewitson - “Miss Harry” 2003 - Barossa Valley, Australia

I enjoyed this Aussie with my wife while rooting for the Red Sox to rally against the Yankees (we're frustrated Cubs fans and can relate to the BoSox's troubles). The wine is made from Rhone varietals - 45% Grenache, 40% Shiraz and 15% Mourvèdre.

It was bright in the glass with dark purple and ruby colors. Initially, the nose was slight and understated but subtle berries and smoke came through after opening up. The wine had a great, dry body in the mouth - balancing grip and roundness. The flavors were complex and evolving. It started with black pepper, likely from the Grenache. After moving on to concentrated fruits - plums and figs - the wine ended with loads of pepper and wood. The finish was of medium length and carried forward the spice notes. After spending some time in the bottle, the flavors became more jammy and intense. A very good wine - which at the time of this posting provided Sox enough luck to get into extra innings.

Rating - 8.5 out of 9
Price - $16