2021 Head The Brunette Shiraz
Deep magenta with aromas of bright, ripe plum and blackberry fruits cut with exotic spices, purple flowers, ironstone, liquorice, graphite and earth. Textural and resonant with a dark fruit flow, the gentle tug of granitic tannins framed by bright acidity and a long, supple finish. Now - 2035” Read more
Deep magenta with aromas of bright, ripe plum and blackberry fruits cut with exotic spices, purple flowers, ironstone, liquorice, graphite and earth. Textural and resonant with a dark fruit flow, the gentle tug of granitic tannins framed by bright acidity and a long, supple finish. Now - 2035”
Another exceptional wine from Alex Head. Borne of loam and ironstone, imparting a ferrous terracotta stickiness to the tannins. More tannin and brood than the 'Blonde' sibling, while packed with a medley of Indian spice, mace and darker fruit tones. The confluence of acidity, impeccably wrought tannins and what feels like a whack of whole-bunch spice, is perfect. I may be scoring this on the modest side. Drink or better, hold.”
- Producer: Head Wines
- Varietal: Shiraz
- Region: Barossa Valley
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2021
Style GuideLight Intense
APPEARANCE: Deep red/purple colour. AROMA: A spicy-meaty bouquet of young and slightly callow shiraz, alluring in its smokey and faintly vegetal Rhone-like complexity. PALATE: The wine is elegantly framed with quite assertive but very supple tannins, the overall impression being of a delicious slinky texture.
In the 2021 vintage, the base shiraz comes from a vineyard planted circa 1965, in the Flaxman Valley at 480m altitude. The vineyard has a perfect easterly aspect and gradient to catch the morning sun and is shaded from the late heat of the day. The soils are lean, with clays, mixed ironstone and some scattered quartz, producing optimum conditions for dark, savoury fruits and fine, structured tannins. Alex Head
VINIFICATION 2t open top stainless steel, indigenous yeast, 10% whole-bunch, two week ferment, hand-plunging & pump-over twice daily
MATURATION: On fine lees, 17 months in 30% new French 228L
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