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Head Wines was started in 2006 by Alex Head. It focuses on single site Rhone Varietals from the Barossa and Eden Valleys in South Australia. The House style is one of elegance, freshness, balance and purity of fruit attained by a combination of low yields, early picking, slow-winemaking and careful, gentle attention during elevage. Each Head Wine not only represents Alex Head's strong views on what makes balanced, drinkable wines but a guarantee of absolute quality, value and consistency. 

Head Red Shiraz is a barrel cull from Barossa vineyards including 'The Blonde', 'The Brunette' and ‘The Contrarian’ single vineyard wines. It allows a pre-view of the vintage quality to come and keeps the quality of the Single vineyard wines as high as possible.  The wine always receives 12 months barrel age in predominantly older French hogsheads allowing the vintage and terroir to show clearly.  It’s also a chance for me to play with the old adage, 'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts'.  Certainly the best value and most traditional wine style of the portfolio.

Looked a bit stinky and sullen on opening, so I’d advise sploshing it into a decanter, or waiting a year before opening. Either or. It’s a very purple thing and quite meaty and peppery too with dark cherry jam, boysenberry and maybe some fresh raspberry perkiness. Medium bodied, almost crunchy with cranberry acidity, juicy fruit and meaty spicy flavours, grainy tannin and a pretty fresh and punchy finish. Energetic thing, and quite different to your ordinary Barossa Shiraz. Rating: 92 Points; Drink: 2016-2024; Price: $20; Date Tasted: May 2015; Alcohol: 14.2%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front


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