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Hesketh Wines

Mk 03 – Cabernet Shiraz

“Mk 03” is made up of 60% Reynell Selection Cabernet Sauvignon from Southern Coonawarra and 40% Eden Valley Shiraz. Following harvest the parcels were kept separate, with the Shiraz fermented in small open-top fermenters to enhance aromatics – over 8 days, whilst the Cabernet Sauvignon component was in closed-fermenters and saw a long maceration period of 36 days. Post ferment, the juice was racked and pumped into 25% new French oak Barriques and Hogsheads from Bordeaux cooperage Taransaud and Sequin Moreau. Maturation took place over the course of 18 months before final blending and bottling.


Vintages and Tasting notes

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Wine Press and Accolades

100 Best Australian Wines 19/20 - Matthew Jukes – Aug 2019

Codenamed Mk3, this is the third time that Jonathon Hesketh has brought Coonawarra Cabernet and Barossa Shiraz together in a wine and made the old one plus one equals three mathematics work in his favour. This is not a big, succulent, sweet-fruited TGAR blend but one that focusses on all of the savoury spice, chypre and soil notes which break up the fruit and give us so much complexity to admire. It needs time in a decanter to unravel its charms but when it does, you will see that this blend, which used to be called ‘claret’ in the old days, bears a striking resemblance to some of the spicy old Bordeaux of yore and this is why I like Mk3 so much.

94 points - Gourmet Traveller Wine - 100 New Releases – Sep 2017

This celebrates Peter Lehmann and Robert Hesketh. A very promising young wine with dark fruit, violet, blackberry and oak aromas. The palate full-bodied and firm, young and tight with terrific fleshiness and sweet fruit.

96 points – James Halliday - Halliday Wine Companion – Aug 2017

“60% Reynell Selection cabernet sauvignon from the Parker Estate Abbey Vineyard in Coonawarra, 40% shiraz from the Eden Valley, fermented separately, matured for 18 months in French oak before blending. Given the grape resources and the vinification, it would be surprising if this wasn’t a top flight wine – and there’s no surprise. It marries intensity with elegance, red and blackcurrant with red and black cherry fruit held in a filmy veil of high quality oak and ripe tannins. Great stuff.”

94 points – Tony Keys – The Key Report – Jul 2017

“A blend of Coonawarra cabernet and Barossa shiraz, with a small production of just over 200 cases. Attractive nose of blackcurrant and berries, with a hint of oak. The classic iron fist in velvet glove, soft and silky on entry, gathering strength of flavour and character as it travels. Its youth shows on the end, as it’s just a touch disjointed, but that’s no great issue as it’s a wonderful wine and will be well worth putting down for a year or three. 94 points now but there will be more to come and it’s well worth $50.”

95 points – Tony Love – Top 100 – Jul 2017

“The Mk 02 refers to the two families behind the wine, now in next-generation mode, then the two source regions and also the two varieties that have been at the centre of Australia’s own ‘claret’ red style. The focus on Coonawarra cabernet (60 percent) and Barossa shiraz (40 percent) adds gravitas, though importantly, this is Eden Valley shiraz which perks up the classic aromatic/flavour profile. Its acidity/ structural elements are designed to power on for 20 years.”

94 points – Huon Hooke – Hooked on Wine – Jul 2017

“Deep red/purple colour; the bouquet is clean and ripe, dark fruit dominant if a touch restrained. Violets too. The palate is full-bodied and firm, youthful and tight, with richness, flesh and sweet fruit galore. A very good wine, with nice ripe cabernet varietal characters, pleasing length and balance. (Coonawarra cabernet and Barossa shiraz, by Phil Lehmann and Jonathon Hesketh, celebrating their fathers Peter and Robert, who also worked together in wine.)”

93 points – Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front – Jun 2017

“ A rich, smooth, satisfying red. A modern, fresh-faced version of a classic Australian blend. Boysenberry, blackcurrant, mint, bay and creamy vanilla. It’s not complex but the richness and mouthfeel will win it plenty of fans. Acidity here is a touch lemony but compensatory factors abound. If you like Penfolds Bin 389, you’ll dig this; the flavour, feel and structure are right in that mould.”

93 points - Toni Paterson - The Real Review – Jun 2018

(Coonawarra & Barossa Valley) The seriousness of this wine is apparent from the very start. The colour is beautifully deep and concentrated with excellent clarity. The palate is silky, yet plush, with concentrated flavours through the length of the palate. The tannins are plentiful yet ripe and nicely woven into the body of the wine. It illustrates how Coonawarra Cabernet and Barossa Shiraz are a match made in heaven. Beautifully composed and succulent.

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