In the glass this is an inky-dark, purpley red. On the nose there’s dark fruit - blueberries and plums mingling with graphite and vanilla. On the palate plums and spice meld with graphite and pepper. Silky mouthfeel, concentrated, with a nice line of acid and fine but firm tannins - this is skilful structure and balance. For a wine at this price the intensity and concentration is awesome.
I’ve been a fan of winemaker Alex Head for many years and having come to know him, I can tell you both his attention to detail and pursuit of knowledge border on fanaticism. For Alex, it really is all about the wine. He doesn’t take shortcuts in the winery, even when it means a lot more time, money and effort are required. I’m not entirely sure that these factors are costed into the finished bottle - Alex makes such great wines for the price.
Around three-quarters of the grapes that end up in Head wines are from carefully chosen, elevated vineyards tended by select growers. All of these sites are farmed sustainably using organic principles where possible - yields are controlled and grapes are hand-picked.
Buy Head Wines Head Red Shiraz 2018
Part of his 'H' series, this Head Wines Head Red Shiraz 2018 is one of the best releases of Alex Head's extraordinary value-for-money Barossa Shiraz.
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Head Wines Head Red Shiraz 2018 Reviews
"There's a lot happening here, all of it good. 80% is sourced from the Eden Valley, 20% the Barossa Valley, co-fermented on skins for 14 days, matured in French oak (10% new), the barrel size ranging from 225L to 2250L. There's a poultice of red and black fruits and ribbons of fine, ripe tannins. You can't deny a wine like this." 96 points, James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion.
"High perfume, blueberry coulis, blackberry, spice and sage, ironstone. Medium-bodied, succulent, intense fruit of perfume and weight, dark chocolate tannin, savoury elements, very long fresh finish. Super vintage. Puppy like in enthusiasm as at now. Almost 94 points, though that’s kind of arbitrary." 93 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
"The bread-and-butter Head Red Shiraz in 2018 - 92 Points is a really smart wine, very affordable at AUD $25 and showing excellent depth and freshness. It’s 80% Eden Valley, 10% whole-bunch, 10% new oak, and 70% of the barriques are ex-white wine barrels from Tapanappa and Pernod Ricard. Head also uses some foudres. It’s a fine, fragrant, full-bodied, but keenly balanced red. The 2017 (50/50 Barossa and Eden) is also very good, from a cool year, but the ’18 is a step up." 92 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review.