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2016 Head The Contrarian Shiraz

Greenock, Barossa Valley, SA

Vines planted 54 years ago make up this excellent Rhone-esque Shiraz from Alex Head.

$32.00

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I have a particular fondness and affinity for this wine and what it represents moving forward in the Barossa. It fulfills my desire to push wine-making boundaries and explore the unique Terroirs of the Barossa.

Alex Head

About the Wine

The Contrarian Shiraz is a chance for Alex Head to spread his wings and explore his home region.

The 2016 is from a single site in Greenock, and it's one of the best releases of this wine to date. Offering excellent value for both the intermediate and serious collector, The Contrarian can be enjoyed now or in a decade plus.

Gary Walsh described it as a, "Dare I say it, the Rhône expression of Shiraz from Heady?" in his 93+ point review. Top buying here for any Barossa Shiraz fan.

About Head Wines

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.  These are some of the most exciting wines in the Barossa.

Alex Head - making serious Barossa vino
Alex Head - making serious Barossa vino
Barossa Valley, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

93Points
The Wine Front

"Grilled steak with pepper, herbs de Provence, almost a violet thing going on, black fruits, iron filings. Medium bodied, distinctly ferrous and meaty, almost bloody, seasoned with salt and herbs, streaks of gummy tannin, clean acidity, all that meat, blackness and herb on the finish. Dare I say it, the Rhône expression of Shiraz from Heady?" - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From the Producer

I have a particular fondness and affinity for this wine and what it represents moving forward in the Barossa.  It fulfils my desire to push wine-making boundaries and explore the unique Terroirs of the Barossa (A single vineyard wine but from a different site each year).  About a month before vintage starts the vineyard is identified out of 10 Shiraz vineyards as showing particular promise.... ‘The Contrarian’ is a wine that goes against common thought.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

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