Head Wines The Brunette Shiraz 2014
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.
Toasty and spicy, black fruit, dark chocolate and something like dried roses adding perfume. Medium to full bodied, dense and quite chewy – so much more rugged than The Blonde of the same vintage – dark chocolate again, some beef jerky flavours, ropes of dry grainy tannin, pulling very firm and slaty on the finish. Boysenberry freshness bobs up in the aftertaste. Serious kind of wine. Needs some time. Suspect it might become something a bit good. Rating: 93+ Points; Drink: 2017-2030; Price: $55; Date Tasted: Aug 2015; Alcohol: 14.3%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
From a vineyard at the top of Moppa Hill (380m), the soils lean red clays, picked 7 Mar (a week earlier than average), 10% retention of stems, 2 weeks wild yeast fermentation, matured for 12 months in French barriques (one-third new). Deep colour; marries deep, rich, velvety black fruits with perfect balance, so much so that the full-bodied nature of the wine passes you by. The tannins, in particular, are as smooth as silk, as are the precisely engineered wheels that glide the palate through and along its prodigious length. Rating: 97 Points; Price: $55.00; Date Tasted: June 2016; Alcohol: 14.3%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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