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“This”, as Gary Walsh keenly observed recently, “is a perennial bargain in the Australian winescape.”
Made by the formidable Alex Head from a barrel declssification of some of his best wines, the Grenache fruit comes from an assortment of vineyards planted in the Barossa as far back as 1942. The portion of Mourvedre is from Seppeltsfield and the Shiraz from one of his favourite vineyards in Krondorf.
In this compact, delightful little wine you reap the benefits of decades worth of viticulture and a mastercraftsman winemaker. For $25, there are few wines in the Barossa that can hold a candle to this little number.
A brilliant value and amazingly versitile modern Australian Red wine.
What It Tastes Like
Raspberry juice, musk, spice and perfume. Medium bodied, supple and succulent, ultra-fine powdery tannin, clean acidity, a touch of meatiness, with a smattering of dried herb and brick dust tannin cleaning up the finish. Flat out delicious: a bonus point for that.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
93 points. “I suspect it’s mainly Grenache, or certainly tastes like it. This is a perennial bargain in the Australian winescape.
Raspberry juice, musk, spice and perfume. Medium bodied, supple and succulent, ultra-fine powdery tannin, clean acidity, a touch of meatiness, with a smattering of dried herb and brick dust tannin cleaning up the finish. Flat out delicious: a bonus point for that.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
92 points. “Alex Head says ‘This is the best value GSM blend I can make each year’. And indeed it stands proud and vigorous with a complex melange of plum, raspberry and cherry fruit in a fine web of gently spicy/savoury tannins.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
This is the second style of wine to be produced under the ‘HEAD RED’ range and like the ‘HEAD RED’ Shiraz is essentially a barrel de-classification. Always picked on the cusp of ripeness with some whole-bunches retained for the fermentation which is more of an infusion than an extraction. Grenache is sourced from Barossa ‘Old Vine’ and ‘Survivor Vine’ vineyards in: Light Pass (1968), Greenock (1962), Williamstown (1968) and Krondorf (1942). The Mourvedre component comes from Seppeltsfield and the Shiraz from Krondorf. Matured for one year in old 500L puncheons. Bottled without filtration or fining. For immediate drinking and can be chilled lightly. 2014 HEAD RED GSM – Barossa Valley Opaque Burgundy Red. Medium bodied with light extract. Spiced red fruit nose with cherry, raspberry and wild strawberry. The palate has red fruits, musk sticks, candied orange rind with Grenache’s trademark warmth, volume and presence. Sweet tannins are spicy, fresh and chewy. Drink now until 2020.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Alex Head has had what you might call a meteoric rise through the Australian wine industry. In his short career as a producer he has been heralded as one of the best Young Gun Winemakers, not only in the Barossa but the whole country. With no formal training as a winemaker, the purity and balance inherent in the wines are amazing.
Alex has a passion for the old vineyards that populate the Barossa. With a keen eye for a good site, Alex has put together a formidable portfolio of vineyards which produce simply outstanding renditions of Shiraz and Grenache year-in, year-out.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
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