The Blonde 2009
The Blonde vineyard is consistently in the top few performing vineyards each year and has done so for 13 years. The Shiraz (Clone 1654) vineyard is planted in the Stone Well parish on a small rise of 280m, below the western ridge of the Barossa Valley, comprised of a myriad of soil and rock types including red clays, sands and a deep limestone base — blonde in colour. It is these unique rocks and soils that help produce riper, plumper, sweeter fruited wine than surrounding vineyards, while still retaining acidity due to the higher limestone content of the soil.
Region: Stone Well, Barossa Valley
Volume (ml): 750ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 14.5
Standard Drinks: 8.5
2009 HEAD ‘The Blonde’ Shiraz Viognier, Single Vineyard, Stonewell (363 cases) I used two separate fermentation styles to compliment the fruit and vintage, bringing them together after a year in barrel for another 3 months of aging before bottling. The final blend contains 2.5% co-fermented viognier which traditionally is quite visible during this first year in bottle. Small amounts of carefully selected New French oak have created the more drinkable, forward reputation ‘The Blonde’ has earned. Floral, fruit driven nose of plums, mullberry, strawberry and lavender with mild cedary and maple notes. The entrance is round, soft and full of sweet glycerols, red jelly crystals, blue fruits typical of Stonewell and more dark plums. The fruit sweetness seems to encase the tannins and lull you towards early consumption. Drink 2010-2025.