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For all his focus on site-expressive Barossan reds, this Riesling is one of Alex Head's wines that I probably reach for the most. The fruit comes from a 50ish-year-old vineyard near Springton in the Eden Valley, with the excellent, long, cool 2015 vintage allowing this wine to develop some intoxicating and concentrated flavour whilst retaining amazing natural acidity. It's _light, bright and scintillatingly pure_, and whilst delicious now will keep developing in the cellar for at least another decade. 94 points from Gary Walsh and terrific value for money.
What it Tastes Like
"White flowers, grapefruit, chalk and white peach. Light bodied, very firm acidity here, though carried by the vibrant citrus and crisp green pear flavours. Slaty, tight and lemony with a pulsating finish. Excellent." - Gary Walsh
94 points. "White flowers, grapefruit, chalk and white peach. Light bodied, very firm acidity here, though carried by the vibrant citrus and crisp green pear flavours. Slaty, tight and lemony with a pulsating finish. Excellent." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
This Riesling is sourced from an 'Old Vine' vineyard planted in the 1960s near the town of Springton. Here a long, cool, growing season allows acidity to be retained while incredible flavours develop. Pale yellow in colour. The nose shows grapefruit and floral spice. Lemon and tangy grapefruit acidity with terrific length of flavour. An option to cellar for 10+ years. Perfect for fresh seafood and light salads.
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.
Eden Valley is the cooler more elegant brother of the brawny Barossa. Renowned for slick Shiraz, floral and lifted Riesling and even some stonkingly good Cabernet, the wines of this area provide a great counterpoint to the usual out and out power that South Australian wine has become known for.
Riesling is the king of white grapes. With unparalleled versatility, it rightfully carries the ‘Noble’ name tag. We make extraordinary Riesling in Australia, from far and wide. From the classic searing, razor-sharp styles in the Clare and Eden Valleys to the fragrant and enchanting wines of the Great Southern, Australian Riesling is a chameleon that can take on many forms. Sweet, steely, lean or textured, the world of Riesling is a thing of wonder that should be explored by all true lovers of wine.
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