2021 Head Wines The Blonde Shiraz

The more elegant of Alex Head's stunning twin single vineyard Barossa Shiraz but still replete with tannin, structure and ageworthiness.

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The Blonde has become something of a Barossa Valley staple for those seeking the next wave of premium Barossa Shiraz for their cellar.

The Blonde is the more seductive and elegant of the Head Shiraz as a younger wine, but she's no slouch in the cellar. The concentrated flavours of dark berries, earthiness and spice are backed up by structural tannin, coming together to form a beautifully controlled & detailed wine.

A classic release of this much loved Shiraz from Alex.

The original source vineyard for The Blonde lies in the Stone Well parish on the mid-rise of the western-ridge at 280m altitude and has a myriad of soil types including sandy-loams, red clays and a limestone rock base — blonde in colour — running the length of the vineyard. It crops naturally at around 1.5 ton/acre, shows perfume, blue & stone-fruits, produces riper, plumper, sweeter fruited wine, while still retaining acidity due to the higher limestone content of the soil.

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Blend: Shiraz (100%)
ABV: 14.50%

96 Points - "Representing a lighter shade of Barossa, the suite of wine from Alex Head gets better each year. While this is full-bodied in terms of extract and alcohol, it is vibrant, subtly reductive, detailed and immaculately poised, making for effortless drinking. Limestone soils impart a je ne sais quoi tension to a whirl of white pepper, clove, boysenberry, deli meats and lilac. Yet what makes this so impressive is the combination of tannin, juicy freshness and confident oak handling, all boding well for cellaring. Drinkable now, but best from 2026. Screw cap." - Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

95 Points - "It’s labelled as Barossa, though specifically it’s from an Eden Valley vineyard planted in 1962. Blue and black fruits, white flowers, milk chocolate and praline, aromatic spices. It’s supple, mouth-filling and plush, ginger biscuits, a little grilled meat, plenty of crushed stone tannin, apricot kernel, and a dense and ripe tannin finish of excellent length, some classic Eden sage perfume lingers. An excellent release." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

94 Points - "Shiraz with 2% cabernet sauvignon, fruit from Angaston, Flaxman Valley, Moculta and Stone Well; matured in French oak (25% new) for 17 months. Deep magenta, plush and perfumed with ripe plum, black cherry and blackberry fruits, dark spice, orange blossom, licorice, dark chocolate, sage and earth. Voluminous with a sense of latent power, tightly packed granitic tannin and a long, darkly spiced finish." - Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

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 in the vines Barossa Valley, SA Head Wines

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