Head Wines New Releases
|Alex and myself drinking rose correctly.
Great haircut, great wines…
That’s the Alex ‘Heady’ Head story, with his Head Wines label hitting ever higher heights, as he proudly shows that the nude-nut hairstyle is the way to go (hair is so 2010, trust me).
This year the big fella has expanded his range of Barossan goodies to finally hit into the super-premium category, with a pair of glorious old vine reds serving as a natural addition to the portfolio.
Happily, they’re as impressive as expected too, with all of the structure and savoury leanings that I’d expect from someone who is such a fan of classic Rhone reds.
Having tried some of Alex’s very first wines all those years ago, it’s rather satisfying to see just how far this project has come – from a sideline winemaking hobby into a serious stand-alone operation, complete with the sort of wines that I would want to make in the Barossa (no Mataro though. That would be high on my list).
Tasted over an hour or so in a larger lineup. Notes are as written on the day with my little extra bits in italics. Buy online at the Head Wines website
A declassification from the Old Vine Grenache. Sourced largely from a 100yr old vineyard at Greenock.
Sourced from an old vineyard at Krondorf. Partial whole bunches and all seasoned oak. No fining or filtration and minimal sulphur. Love to see this again in 6 months time.
A brand new wine for Alex. Sourced from a 155yr old vineyard at Springton in the Eden Valley that was planted by the Seppelt family. 100% whole bunch, daily foot-treading for two weeks. One single barrel produced (50 dozen). Incredible wine, best comparable to a modern, top shelf Chateuneuf.
From a single vineyard in Stonewell which includes some grey sands (hence The Blonde). Includes up to 5% Viognier skins (though not in every fermentation batch). Two seperate clones of Shiraz.
All Shiraz and comes out of a single vineyard at Moppa Hill that includes some brown ironstone rocks. Includes some whole bunches in the ferment. This looked just a little flatter compared to the Blonde, though I think they’re not far off in the scheme of things. Worth a revisit in a year or threes time. Buy a six pack of each?