Head Wines The Brunette Shiraz 2013 (Museum Release)
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.
This is a truly unique site at the top of the North Western Ridge of the Barossa Valley. A perfect Easterly aspect and slope catching the morning sun and shaded from the late heat of the day. The soils are lean red clays with ironstone and quartz which produce optimum conditions for dark, savoury fruits and fine, structured tannins. 40% whole bunch in open fermenters, daily foot-treading and hand-plunging for 3 weeks with elevage for 1 year in 50% new 300L barrels, the rest 1 year old.
Dark chocolate, bit of earth and tar, extra dark spices, some mint and black fruit. Medium to full bodied, has some orange tang to the acidity, firmer more sticky tannin than the Blonde and a kind of beef jerky flavour in the mix. Finishes with a spray of dried herb. Looks a little jangly freshly opened, and certainly needs some more time in bottle, but it’s almost certain to improve. Rating: 93+ Points; Drink: 2015-2025; Price: $55; Date Tasted: Aug 2014; Alcohol: 14%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
From a single east-facing vineyard, full morning sun, no afternoon sun, 100% destemmed, 3-week wild yeast fermentation and maceration, 1 year in French hogsheads and barriques (40% new). A wine of immediate authority, but with a heart of pure gold; forest berries and spices spin a web of sheer pleasure. Screwcap. Drink to: 2038; Price: $60.00; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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