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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.

A barrel cull of the all the Shiraz that does not make it into the other wines, though that sells it short. Unusual sophistication at this price point for a Barossa Shiraz. It’s not an ooze monster, not at all. It’s fine and spicy, almost bony in structure with firm grainy tannin, blueberry and floral/apricot perfume, pan juices and crisp cut of acidity. Finish is dry, meaty and spicy, with a vapour trail of sweet blue fruit. Likely better again with another year in bottle. Tasted : Jun16; Alcohol : 14%; Price : $25; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2017 - 2025; Rated : 92 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

The back label puts it succinctly: 'this is the best value blend of Barossa Valley shiraz I can make each year'. The bouquet is super-fragrant, the medium-bodied palate vibrant and fresh, the flavours circling red and black fruits, multi-spices, a touch of black licorice, and the tannins judged to perfection. Drink By: 2025; Price: $24.95; Date Tasted: 09 Sep 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points; Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of 2015; James Halliday Wine Companion


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