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Alex Head is one of the Barossa’s brightest young stars. He is, what you might call, a natural talent. With no formal winemaking training, the precision and skill with which he crafts his wines is quite incredible.
Arguably, the two wines in his (ever expanding) portfolio that have gained him the most notoriety would be twin Shiraz’s; The Blonde and The Brunette. The Brunette is the slightly brawnier and more rustic of the two, a wine with intensity and power in spades.
This is one of the benchmarks for the next generation of Barossa Shiraz. This single vineyard in Moppa producing one of the future icon wines of the region. Collectors, get on board.
What It Tastes Like
“Fresh blackberry and boysenberry, spice, liquorice, tar and dried herbs. Medium bodied, juicy bramble fruits, crisp boysenberry acidity, salted beef, firm but fine grained drying tannin, and a long fresh meaty herb infused finish. Has a bit of X-Factor, but needs time to settle into its stride.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
96 points “A dichotomous play on intrigues: Barossan sweetness and a regional warmth of alcohol are offset against an ethereal palate of salubriously polished tannins, a dark sheen of fruit and impeccably melded oak. The wine’s poise is virtuosic to the extent that the overall impression is a mid-weighted wine. Some smoked meat, tapenade, hoisin and pepper spice provide an echo and clear definition of the variety at hand, while the flavours thrust long and forcefully.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
93+ points. “Fresh blackberry and boysenberry, spice, liquorice, tar and dried herbs. Medium bodied, juicy bramble fruits, crisp boysenberry acidity, salted beef, firm but fine grained drying tannin, and a long fresh meaty herb infused finish. Has a bit of X-Factor, but needs time to settle into its stride.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
There is a powerful minerality that runs through this wine, perhaps due to the fact it is the highest altitude vineyard on the Western side of the Barossa at approximately 340-380m.
The soils include deep red clays and large ironstone rocks (Brunette in colour). This vineyard even attains a level of lignification in the stems allowing for partial whole bunch fermentation.
The alcohol is always at around 13.5% and these unique characters allow me the opportunity to take this wine to a level comparable with the great Syrah wines of the world.
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.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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