Head Wines of the Barossa Valley

About

Each Head Wine not only represents Alex Head's strong views on what makes balanced, drinkable wines but a guarantee of absolute quality, value and consistency.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Barossa Valley, South Australia.

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Winemaker

Graduating from Sydney University in 1997 with a degree in Biochemistry, Alex entered the Wine Industry. After a trip through the major wine-growing vineyards of Europe, he immediately started working in fine-wine management, wholesale importing and an auction house to gain a broad understanding of the world of fine wine. He then worked vintages with the wineries he held in the highest regard; Tyrrells in the Hunter, Torbreck, Laughing Jack and Cirillo Estate in the Barossa Valley followed and in December of 2008 he gained a Producer's Licence and released his first wines to the public.

When I started out in the wine industry, I quickly fell in love with shiraz from the Barossa Valley, South Australia. However, it was the discovery of shiraz from Côte Rotie in France's Rhone Valley that would ultimately give me the inspiration to work as a winemaker.

History

Alex has long been interested in 'Old-World' wines and their symbiosis with all things culinary; particularly Shiraz from an appellation in France's Northern Rhone Valley called Cote Rotie (roasted slope). Shiraz has been the only red grape grown there for thousands of years, initially thought to have been cultivated by the Roman Empire. A great legend states that in the Middle Ages, a Seigneur of Ampuis called 'Count Maugiron' owned the steeply terraced hills of Cote Rotie. He was also blessed with two beautiful daughters, one a blonde and the other a brunette. The Southern slope of the Cote (also suited to viognier) which contains more granite, mica and limestone made a softer, rounded more elegant wine which delighted its drinkers with perfume and femininity. Here, the soil and wines showed colour and character of his blonde daughter. The Northern slope contained heavy soils of schist and iron, producing an intense wine with dark fruits and tannin that required age to show its true potential. Here, the soil and wine showed colour and character of his brunette daughter. When Count Maugiron finally retired he passed on the two Cotes to his daughters and to this day, they are still referred to as the 'Cote Blonde' and 'Cote Brune'.

Practices & Techniques

The ‘House Style’ is one of elegance, freshness, balance and purity of fruit attained by a combination of low yields, early picking, slow-winemaking and careful, gentle attention during maturation.

All vineyards are farmed sustainably using organic principles, yields are low/controlled, grapes are hand-picked, ferments use indigenous yeasts with some retention of stems and maturation is in Burgundian, larger format barrels. Minimal sulphur is used during the whole wine-making process and bottling is without fining or filtration.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

These soil structures and colours are of utmost importance to the properties of the fruit which grow in these vineyards. For Alex's unique Barossa Valley wines, he selects vineyard sites where, similar to Côte Rotie, the soils produce contrasting styles of Shiraz.

'The Blonde' comes from a vineyard in Stonewell, which consists of sandy loam mixed with quartz on a limestone base that gives the wine accentuated perfume and complexity.

'The Brunette' comes from a high elevation vineyard in Moppa, which consists of heavy soils of deep red clay and ironstone that give structure, longevity and reward from cellaring.

'The Redhead' comes from a high elevation vineyard in Moculta, which consists of very deep red friable clays over yellow clay that gives very low yields and intense levels of tannin.

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Address

Lot 1 Stonewell Road, Stonewell
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Australia

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