Head Red 2021
A rather large jigsaw puzzle of 10 very unique Barossa vineyards are used for Head Red Shiraz. They mostly come from the higher altitude, rocky, cooler sitesof the Eden Valley. In the winery there is very little ‘fancy’ winemaking — ultimately allowing the vintage and Barossa character to show clearly. 2021’s growing season was mild & dry with warm flowering conditions helping yields to settle in above average. Conditions were dominated by La Nina forming over the east coast of Australia providing mild temperatures and cooler nights in South Australia. Ripening conditions were near perfect and even an Indian Summer prevailed. 2021 promises to be one of the great years for the Barossa.
Volume (ml): 750ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 14.5
Standard Drinks: 8.6
The 2021 HEAD RED Shiraz was produced from a La Nina weather affected year. The mild and cool conditions gave the vines time to produce fruit (particularly shiraz) that has both powerful tannins & rich flavours. There’s richness and grand texture in the mid palate, with some of the aromatic prettiness of 2018. We also pushed a little whole-bunch fermentation into some of the Eden Valley components and co-fermented with some viognier. This is the first wine we have released to use a large component of older ex-chardonnay barriques for a longer than usual maturation. We have found over years of trials that it gives us the best levels of purity and freshness in this wine. Only cement or terracotta would go further but, we do love our oak and it is traditional!
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