Deep in the heart of the Hill Country (and smack dab in the middle of one of my favorite cycling routes) is the new Hawk’s Shadow Estate winery and vineyards. (For my cycling friends, the winery is 3-4 miles down McGregor at the end of our Fitzhugh ride.)
With a breathtaking view, the winery has big plans and, in my view, is on the right track. They are planting the right gapes for Texas — grenache, syrah, mourvedre, aglianico, nebbiolo, tempranillo and my fave, sangiovese.
Right now they offer a 2011 Orange Muscat and it’s dry, which makes me super happy. With lots of orange and honeysuckle notes, it’s got nice minerality (although I would like to see this with a bit of acid, which would give it a nice kick and brightness).
The 2011 HSV Estate is a blend of sangiovese, syrah, tempranillo, grenache and mourvedre. Again, another really nice wine with cherry and raspberry flavor, balanced with pencil lead and leather notes. It’s just been bottled so get it and give it some time.
We enjoyed some barrel samples of mourvedre in different oaked barrels, which is super cool because you can really taste the difference in how wines are aged. The 2012 mourvedre in the neutral French barrel is so elegant with great strawberry, cherry and cocoa notes, but and the 2012 in the Hungarian barrel screams bacon, pepper and leather. I see an interesting blend in the future.
Congrats to brothers Tom and Doug who are making these wines! Looking forward to see more of what’s to come.
Tom and Doug Reed