Head Red Shiraz is a barrel cull from Barossa vineyards including 'The Blonde', 'The Brunette' and ‘The Contrarian’ single vineyard wines. It allows a pre-view of the vintage quality to come and keeps the quality of the Single vineyard wines as high as possible.
The wine always receives 12 months barrel age in predominantly older French hogsheads allowing the vintage and terroir to show clearly. It’s also a chance for me to play with the old adage, 'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts'. Certainly the best value and most traditional wine style of the portfolio.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Contains a little Grenache and Mataro, and even some Cabernet Sauvignon, but no Viognier from what I can tell. Good.
Looked a bit stinky and sullen on opening, so I’d advise sploshing it into a decanter, or waiting a year before opening. Either or. It’s a very purple thing and quite meaty and peppery too with dark cherry jam, boysenberry and maybe some fresh raspberry perkiness. Medium bodied, almost crunchy with cranberry acidity, juicy fruit and meaty spicy flavours, grainy tannin and a pretty fresh and punchy finish. Energetic thing, and quite different to your ordinary Barossa Shiraz.
92 Points - Gary Walsh, The WineFront - Tasted May 15 - Drink: 2016 - 2024
Winery Tasting Notes
Another exceptional year for Shiraz in the Barossa, the 2014 Head Red Shiraz includes 10 separate vineyard parcels in the final blend including these sites: Stone Well, Marananga, Greenock, Light Pass, Vine Vale and Lyndoch. Included in the blend is a small amount of Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet Sauvignon from Greenock for complexity. Matured for one year in 20% New Oak Foudre and the balance in old French 300L Hogsheads. Bottled unfined and unfiltered under stelvin capsule.
Deep red core to purple rim.
Medium to full bodied palate with juicy red and black fruits, spice, plums, black cherry and pepper. Dense chewy tannins finish long and vibrant.
Drink now until 2022.