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2016 Head The Brunette Shiraz

Barossa

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Our Price: $52.99 / bottle (RRP: $60.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Perfect balance in every respect, the vortex of fruit, spice and integrated oak leading onto the full-bodied palate.'
97 Points - Jane Faulkner, Halliday's Wine Companion 2019

  • Each HEAD Wine shows a distinctive house style of powerful fruit weight, elegance, freshness, finesse and balance which starts by farming vineyards sustainably and in some cases using organics and biodynamics. Yields are low/controlled, grapes are hand-picked, ferments use indigenous yeasts with some retention of stems and maturation in larger format barrels. Minimal sulphur is used during the whole wine-making process and bottling is without fining or filtration. Each Head Wine not only represents Alex Head's strong views on what makes balanced, drinkable wines for the table, but a guarantee of absolute quality, value and consistency.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    'When I came across this vineyard it was in really bad condition.  I knew it had great potential because technically it had all the things I had been looking for.  Even though it was ravaged by kangaroos, rabbits and without any water, in its first year - I produced a wonderful wine.  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 here 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.'

  • REVIEWS

    'From Moppa Hill, on the highest part of the Western Ridge of the Barossa, with an easterly aspect so it only captures morning sun. Rich and deep, with an abundance of flavours, yet never dipping into overripe territory. Perfect balance in every respect, the vortex of fruit, spice and integrated oak leading onto the full-bodied palate, greeted by velvety tannins and an overwhelming desire for another glass.'
    97 Points - Jane Faulkner, Halliday's Wine Companion 2019

    'Earthy, coffee grounds, dark spices, black fruit, dried mint, a touch of tar. Full bodied, dense well-packed, almost silty tannin, richness and spice, almost sticky feel in the mouth – like slow-cooked ribs – dark spice theme continues, drying and firm on a long finish. Savoury. Deep. Throbbing. It’s excellent.'
    95 Points - Gary Walsh

    'Youthful, deep red/purple colour with a subdued, shy but pleasant bouquet showing emerging plum and licorice notes, and a little toasty oak. It’s medium to full-bodied and soft, with gentle texture and rounded shape, but the aromas and flavours are a bit closed. It may need more time to fully develop its personality. The potential is certainly there.'
    93 Points - Huon Hooke



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