96 Points - James Halliday
Head Wines is the personal project of the incredibly talented winemaker Alex Head. Making wines from carefully selected, sustainably farmed Barossa vineyards and using organic principles where possible; Alex creates great Barossan wines that are memorably balanced whilst pursuing styles that are intentional and truly of place.
The 2018 Head Red Shiraz is made from grapes grown in several different Barossa vineyards; many coming from higher altitude, cooler sites of Eden Valley. Receiving 12 months barrel maturation in a French oak of differing sizes, the result is a densely flavoured, approachable and beautifully balanced rendition of Barossa Shiraz. At this price, it has to be one of the best value red wines around.
"96 Points. There's a lot happening here, all of it good. 80% is sourced from the Eden Valley, 20% the Barossa Valley, co-fermented on skins for 14 days, matured in French oak (10% new), the barrel size ranging from 225l to 2250l. There's a poultice of red and black fruits and ribbons of fine, ripe tannins. You can't deny a wine like this. 14.5% alc. To: 2038. Screwcap. $25. Special Value"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2021.
Winemaker Alex Head’s dream to make elegant Barossa wines began in 1999 while travelling through some of Europe’s greatest wine growing regions, along with his longheld fascination with the synergy of good wine, fine food and happy company at the table. Head Wines is all that and more.
Alex follows a traditional négociant model, an old practice where the winemaker does not grow their own grapes, instead working with a number of small growers. Around three-quarters of the grapes that end up in Head Wines’ bottles are sourced from a carefully chosen selection of these elevated Eden Valley sites. All of these vineyards are farmed sustainably using organic principles where possible; yields are controlled and grapes are hand-picked.
Not being tied to his own vineyards has allowed Alex to spend years understanding the strengths and weaknesses of a number of sites in pursuit of his individual style. Alex creates great Barossan wines that are memorably balanced whilst pursuing styles that are intentional and truly of place. This is sublime winemaking.
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