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2017 Head Old Vine Barossa Valley Grenache

Barossa Valley

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Our Price: $33.99 / bottle (RRP: $35.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'There’s a rose and spearmint perfume, peanuts and spice, medium bodied appeal, a sweep of shale-like tannin, subdued power, and a red fruited finish that cascades down the throat.'
95 Points - Gary Walsh (Previous 2016 Vintage)

  • HEAD Wines was started in 2006 by Alex Head. It focuses on single site Rhone varietals from the Barossa and Eden Valleys in South Australia.
    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. 

    Alex Head talking about the Old Vine Grenache
    "Luckily, I have access to very small parcels of fruit from old, dry-grown, hand-pruned/picked vineyards. I decided that making a Grenache the way Barossan families made table wines many generations ago would honour the years of back-breaking work required for keeping the vineyards feasible and sustainable. The 'Old Vine' is from the best performing Barossa Valley Grenache vineyard each year."


  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The Grenache for this wine comes from a 73 year old vineyard in Krondorf on red to brown clays. Green harvested before veraison by 50% and shoot thinned to ensure ultimate quality of the grapes at time of harvest. Split hand-picked at 14% and 15% potential alcohol over a week. 15% whole-bunch, no crushing or temperature control, natural yeasts, hand plunged and foot trodden twice daily for 20 days. Racked once during elevage of 12 months in larger, older barrels. Here the Grenache flirts with Burgundy rather than Rhone in its colour, texture and finesse. Bottled unfined and unfiltered under stelvin capsule.

    TASTING NOTES

    Deep crimson red with brilliant clarity, poise, almost shimmering in the glass. Aromas of fresh red cherries and fruit spice, aniseed, cured meat and forest floor. Barely medium bodied in extract with sweet, textural red fruit flavours and lingering, sweet mouthwatering tannins. Great persistence and length of flavour here. Would suit gamey dishes. Drink now or up to 15 years. 14.5% Alcohol.

  • REVIEWS

    'Grenache is becoming, I think, increasingly more appreciated as one of Australia’s great grape varieties.

    Fabulous wine. It’s savoury and insistently tannic, not sweet, but full of juicy raspberry fruit. There’s a rose and spearmint perfume, peanuts and spice, medium bodied appeal, a sweep of shale-like tannin, subdued power, and a red fruited finish that cascades down the throat. A wine with a beating heart, and a throbbing pulse. Exemplary. It will age beautifully too.'
    95 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front



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