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Wednesday 5 October 2011

Head Wines, Barossa Valley, South Australia

I recently had the opportunity to sample the Head wines from the 2010 vintage. I have previously written about Head's 2009 vintage wines here. Winemaker Alex Head described the 2010 vintage in the Barossa as 'ideal'. The preferable vintage conditions did shine through in these wines which continue the trend of high quality, small production wines with a focus on individual vineyards. Alex's wines are crafted to have a long life.

Head Red Shiraz Viognier (2010) - Barossa Valley, 14% alcohol, screwcap, RRP $25. 1% Viognier. Red berry nose with mixed spice. A voluptuous palate with ripe tannins coated by the delightful fruit caressing the mouth. Nice length - 92.5. 

The Blonde Shiraz Viognier (2010) - a single vineyard wine from the Stonewell district of the Barossa Valley, 14% alcohol, screwcap, RRP $35. Co fermented with 2.5% viognier. A nose of boysenberries and hints of rosemary. The palate delivered powerful red berry fruit with pleasing oak influence and a serious structure - 93. 

Incidentally, the Blonde 2010 just won the trophy for best shiraz dominant blend at the 2011 Barossa Valley Wine Show.

The Brunette Shiraz (2010) - a single vineyard wine from the Moppa district of the Barossa Valley, 13.8% alcohol, screwcap, RRP $45. A nose of dark fruits, some spice and violets. The palate was dense, opulent and complex, with a mix of dark fruit and herbs. It finished with quite grippy tannins, which should soften and lengthen with time - 94.

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