Head 'The Brunette' Shiraz 2016 (Barossa Valley, South Australia) "...Earthy, coffee grounds, dark spices..."
Ranked 14 of 135 Shiraz from Barossa Valley
Alex Head is one of the Barossa's brightest young stars. He is, what you might call, a natural talent. With no formal winemaking training, the precision and skill with which he crafts his wines is quite incredible.
Arguably, the two wines in his portfolio that have gained him the most notoriety would be twin Shiraz; The Blonde and The Brunette. The Brunette is the slightly brawnier and more rustic of the two, a wine with intensity and power in spades.
This is one of the benchmarks for the next generation of Barossa Shiraz. This single vineyard in Moppa producing one of the future icon wines of the region. Collectors, get on board.
The 2016 is a blistering release of Brunette, with 95 points from Gary Walsh and the potential to be something truly wonderful in 10-20 years time.
"Deepish red colour with a good tint of purple, the bouquet highly appealing, with an aromatic spice note that persists. The palate has rich, ripe, sweet fruit and the overall impression is of a delicious wine, properly ripe and beautifully handled. A superb wine; a classy modern Barossa shiraz." - 95 Points, Huon Hooke (The Real Review)
"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, The Wine Front
"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." - Alex Head, Head Wines