The Old Garden vineyard is the oldest Mourvèdre vineyard in the world planted in 1853. Dry-grown, original existing vines pre-Phylloxera. Eight rows of this rare and unique planting remain to this day at Rowland Flat and produce winemaker Dean Hewitson’s much-lauded single-vineyard table wine bearing the Old Garden name. The vineyard has been hand-tended and dry-farmed by Friedrich Koch and his direct descendants across three centuries.
96 points Huon Hooke; The Real Review; April 2020; Deep red colour with a good purple tint and a brown-spice aroma, earthy and savoury, chocolaty, nutty as in brazil nuts, complex and savoury, much more than simple fruit. A note of clean leather, and the palate is very dry and savoury with lashings of tannin and oak-derived nuances. Delicious touches of chocolate and licorice. Lots of mysterious undertones. A really engaging, super-serious wine. A great drink now and will surely power on for many years. (Vineyard planted in 1853; ""believed to be the oldest on the planet "")