Outstanding Rhone styled Barossa by ex Tyrrell & Torbreck winemaker Alex Head!
Shiraz Viognier Barossa South Australia
Alex Head works from a short list of idiosyncratically named sites to make pure, single vineyard wines of individual character and charm. Always very limited in production and highly attractive to the most devout Shiraz aficionados, the wines of Mr Head are crafted to accomodate the vagaries of vintage and their influence on the fruit of the vine. Assembled from a barrel cull of single site batches, Red represents Mr Head's entry level Shiraz, immediately approachable and exquisitely balanced, a whole that's so much greater than the sum of parts.
Head Red is fashioned to be the most traditional style of Shiraz in Mr Head's portfolio. The Blonde vineyard at Stonewell is planted to sandy loam mixed with quartz over limestone base, a terroir which accentuates perfume and complexity in the grapes. The Brunette property is situated at a higher elevation in the Moppa district of Barossa Valley, a site of heavier soils, deep red clay and ironstones, terroirs which contribute structure and longevity to the finished wine. Shiraz is micro managed at every stage from vineyard to bottling, old fashioned open ferments and whole bunch vinifications are followed by a year's maturation in a selection of predominantly seasoned French oak hogsheads.
Deep, dark garnet red. A fragrant floral, apricot nose followed by juicy blackberry scents and spiced plum notes. A solid palate of spiced currant and Barossa chocolate plum flavours, are supported by firm but judicious tannins behind a veneer of subtle milky oak. Mid palate richness is held in check by a squeeze of drying Rhone styled acids, generous yet refined right through to the finish.