Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro
Head Wines is the venture of Alex Head, who came into the wine industry in 1997 with a degree in biochemistry from Sydney University. Experience in fine wine stores, importers and an auction house was followed by vintage work at wineries he admired: Tyrrell’s,Torbreck, Laughing Jack and Cirillo Estate. The naming of the wines reflects his fascination with Côte-Rôtie in the Northern Rhône Valley. The two facing slopes in Côte-Rôtie are known as Côte Blonde and Côte Brune. Head’s Blonde comes from an east-facing slope in the Stone Well area, while The Brunette comes from a very low-yielding vineyard in the Moppa area. In each case, open fermentation (with whole bunches) and basket pressing precedes maturation in French oak. -- James Halliday
What The Critics Say
93/100 The Wine Front,
"A bit of a hot spell during 2019 necessitated upping the amount of Shiraz (30%) and Mataro (20%). Raspberry jubes, pretty, some spice, hazelnut and peanuts. Medium-bodied, fresh, light tannin but enough to shape it, even feel, balance and high drinking appeal, slightly sticky texture on a finish that’s clean and pretty long, a sprinkling of dried herb in the aftertaste. Vibrant, even a little bit ‘minerally’. A bit of a delight, as it were." Drink 2019 - 2025+
89/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke
"Very bright, youthful, deep purple/red hue. The aromas very fresh and primary, cherries and estery yeasty nuances, fresh from the fermenting vat. The wine is medium-bodied and quite firm in its youthfully bold tannins. A most promising youngster with delicious bright, fresh fruit and lots of potential. Fruit drives it: no oak to speak of." Drink 2020 - 2030
93/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, James Halliday (2018 vintage)
"40% 76-106yo Barossa Valley grenache, the shiraz and mataro (30% each) from the Eden Valley. Ultra-fresh and vibrant having spent 12 months in used French oak of varying sizes from barrique to demi-muid. You can enjoy it as it is, or give it a few more years in bottle."
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