Head Wines 'Red' Shiraz 2020 (Barossa Valley, South Australia) "...ripe red fruit, plum, spice
Alex Head has had what you might call a meteoric rise through the Australian wine industry. In his short career as a producer he has been heralded as one of the best Young Gun Winemakers, not only in the Barossa but the whole country. With no formal training as a winemaker, the purity and balance inherent in the wines are amazing.
Alex has a passion for the old vineyards that populate the Barossa. With a keen eye for a good site, Alex has put together a formidable portfolio of vineyards which produce simply outstanding renditions of Shiraz and Grenache year-in, year-out.
These are some of the most exciting wines in the Barossa.
Fruit is sourced from up to 10 Barossa vineyards predominantly coming from the higher altitude, cooler sites of Eden Valley. The wine allows a preview, or snapshot, of the vintage quality to come. The wine always receives 12 months barrel maturation in a majority older French oak (228L, 300L & 500L), 5% of which is new, allowing the vintage and Barossa character to show clearly.
"The 2020 was produced from the second drought year in a row, however it’s a wonderful year for traditional style Shiraz in the Barossa. Big fruit and richness in the mid palate, with some of the aromatic prettiness of 2018. We tried pushing a little whole-bunch fermentation into some of the Eden Valley components and even 10% Cabernet Sauvignon to hold freshness in the wine. This is a chance for me to play with the old adage, ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. Certainly, the best value, most traditional style and most popular wine of the portfolio." - Alex Head, Winemaker
"Head Red is a blend sourced from declassified barrels from the Blonde and the Brunette. The barrels are declassified because they express a different flavour profile than those required for either the Blonde or the Brunette. The wine typically shows a deep colour with ripe red and black fruits, spice and ample ripe tannins. Head Red spends 12 months in barrel in older French hogsheads prior to release."