HEAD WINES – A. Head Above the Rest

For those who haven’t already heard about Head Wines (http://www.headwines.com.au/), this wine range produces just a few exceptional wines and is at the forefront of cutting edge Australian wines. From working in fine-wine management, importing, and wineries’ vintages (including Tyrell’s, Torbreck, Laughing Jack and Cirillo), Alex Head has finally released his first wines to the public. James Halliday in his 2011 Wine Companion has already given Head Wines 5 stars (which is exceptional)… Head wines has also been recently awarded in ’10 of the best new Wineries’.

Alex head brought an early peek of his Blonde and Brunette wines for tasting which were both Shiraz from Barossa Valley (South Aus), but different. Two vineyard sites similar to Cote Rotie in France have been selected from the Barossa Valley that produce contrasting styles of Shiraz, and Head Wines’ Brunette and Blonde wines emerged. The names are loyal to the great legend of ‘Count Maugiron’ and his two daughters, a blonde and a brunette, who each inherited Cote Blonde and Cote Brune accordingly which produce wines of different character.

Both wines are very cellar worthy, and therefore a good investment if you’re looking for it. I thoroughly enjoyed both Blonde and Brunette wines:

HEAD BLONDE Single Vineyard Shiraz Viognier 2009 – From a single vineyard site in Stonewell, over limestone. Highly perfumed floral bouquet, with a luscious and vibrant palate of red to dark fruits and spices. Final blend contains 2% Viognier which really lifts this dark wine. Drink until 2020+. Rated 96 Points from Halliday in 2008 Vintage. Rrp about $36.

HEAD BRUNETTE Single Vineyard Shiraz 2009 – Darker characteristics such as blackberry, plum, liquorice, dark chocolate and earthy spices. Well integrated oak and silky tannins, with a long lasting finish. Drink until 2025+. Rated 96 Points from Halliday in 2008 and 2007 Vintage (go the Brunette!). Rrp about $47.

If you’re not looking to spend as much but still get fantastic bang for your buck, HEAD RED Shiraz 2008 is also a great drop – powerful, Barossa wine, almost black in colour, with generous fruit such as black plums and lively acidity well balanced with plush tannins. Will pair well with any fat/protein dishes and drink marvelously on its own. Will cellar and also drink well now. Drink until 2016. Rated 95 points from Halliday. Rrp about $22!

Head Wines are worth knowing about, so keep an eye out…  Cheers!

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