The Contrarian Pack

Experience Alex Head's unique winemaking point-of-view in this selection of 'The Contrarian' across 4 vintages. A guaranteed conversation starter. Enjoy now or later. *All sent direct to your door.

Includes:

  • 2 x 2011 The Contrarian
  • 2 x 2013 The Contrarian
  • 4 x 2016 The Contrarian
  • 4 x 2017 The Contrarian
Price $420.00
The Contrarian Pack
The Contrarian Pack

Product Details

Each vintage Alex Head likes to express the Barossa in a contrary manner. ‘The Contrarian’ is Alex's indulgent, creative winemaking outlet and challenges traditional concepts around Barossan Shiraz.

We source Shiraz from elevated altitude vineyards which develop flavour at lower than usual alcohols and show ripeness in their stems too. We use a different medium for fermentation in cement; which holds the acidity and tannins in a fresher light. Then we mature (instead of age) the wine in oak that is 10 times larger than a traditional barrel and bottle a little earlier too.

We love what we see in this expression of the Barossa and feel it is a style worthy of your table.

 

2011 The Contrarian

Region: Barossa
Volume (ml): 750ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 13.5
Standard Drinks: 8
Vintage: 2011

Download 2011 The Contrarian Tasting Notes X

 

2013 The Contrarian

Region: Barossa
Volume (ml): 750ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 13.5
Standard Drinks: 8
Vintage: 2013

Download 2013 The Contrarian Tasting Notes 

 

2016 The Contrarian

Love the aromatics on display here. There are notes of elderberries, violets and licorice, as well as richer nuances of meat and brambleberries with hints of ivy. The acidity is the big driving factor, carrying the fullbodied palate through layers of grippy tannins to the long, chewy finish. Drink in 2020. James Suckling/Nick Stock – 94 Points

...oldest vineyard...54 year old vines in Greenock... Dare I say it, the Rhône expression of Shiraz...Drink 2018-2027+. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – 93 Points

Region: Barossa
Volume (ml): 750ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 13.9
Standard Drinks: 8.2
Vintage: 2016

Download 2016 The Contrarian Tasting Notes

 

2017 The Contrarian

Region: Barossa
Volume (ml): 750ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 13.9
Standard Drinks: 8.2
Vintage: 2017

Download 2017 The Contrarian Tasting Notes