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Head Wines The Contrarian Shiraz 2021 13.5% 750ML

Head Wines The Contrarian Shiraz 2021 13.5% 750ML

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JAMES HALLIDAY
95 Points
Whole-bunch fermentation and maturation in large format oak. Uncommonly deep colour given the whole bunches, likewise the density of the savoury black fruits. It's hard to reconcile this wine and its 2020 sibling (red cherry fruits), but so be it. While rich and medium- to full-bodied, the black fruits and spice (rather than tannins) carry the day.
James Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2024

Winemaker Alex Head's dream to make elegant Barossa wines began in 1999 while travelling through some of Europe's greatest wine growing regions, along with his longheld fascination with the synergy of good wine, fine food and happy company at the table. Head Wines is all that and more. Alex follows a traditional négociant model, an old practice where the winemaker does not grow their own grapes, instead working with a number of small growers. Around three-quarters of the grapes that end up in Head Wines' bottles are sourced from a carefully chosen selection of these elevated Eden Valley sites. All of these vineyards are farmed sustainably using organic principles where possible; yields are controlled and grapes are hand-picked. Not being tied to his own vineyards has allowed Alex to spend years understanding the strengths and weaknesses of a number of sites in pursuit of his individual style. Alex creates great Barossan wines that are memorably balanced whilst pursuing styles that are intentional and truly of place. This is sublime winemaking.

Variety: Shiraz/Syrah
Region: Barossa & Eden Valleys, South Australia
Winemaker: Alex Head


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