Bob’s Pick: 2014 Hewitson “Baby Bush” Barossa Valley Mourvedre $18.99

Every now and then a grape used predominately for blending shows itself off for a particular vintage. This wine is made from one such variety from just such a vintage, it is a varietal Mourvedre from Australia, 2014. Like the French, the Aussies have been blending Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre for as long as they have been making wines; the blend GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) is the smooth balanced result. In 2014 Hewitson realized that their Mourvedre had enough character to go it alone. Good job guys. Not overshadowed by a fruit forward Syrah this wine shows off delicate flavors of lightly peppered blueberries with lavender/brier undertones. Without its bigger companions it has a lighter body and also comes in at a lighter 14% alcohol. This wine is delicate, definitely not for an over-burdened (over cabbed) palate, more of a wine that lets its subtler natures (flavors) shine through. Pairs with everything from cheeses to a marbled rib eye.