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Head Old Vine Grenache -  Barossa Valley

Head Old Vine Grenache 2019 - Barossa Valley

Vintage: 2019 | Type: Reds | Producer: Head Wines
Region: South Australia
Blend: 92% Grenache, 8% Mataro
Alc: 14.5%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750 ml

The Wine Front

$34.20: as part of any six
$38.00: single bottle
$410.40: per case of 12

The Barossa Valley’s Head Wines has won the 2020 James Halliday Grenache Challenge with its 2019 Old Vines Grenache!

“The winning wine was a superb example of regionality and complexity, with earthy savouriness coupled with beautifully bright fruit and structure,” co-chair Paul Carpenter says. 

Winemakers Comment:

Luckily, I have access to very small parcels of fruit from old, dry-grown, hand- pruned and picked vineyards of up to 160 years of age. I decided early that making a Grenache the way Barossan families made table wines many generations ago would honour the years of back-breaking work required for keeping the vineyards feasible and sustainable. Whole-bunch ferments, no crushing or temperature control, natural yeasts, hand plunged and foot trodden. Racked once during elevage of 12 months in larger barrels and always a small addition of old vine mataro for balance. Bottled unfined under Stelvin capsule.

Springton and Koonunga at 240-420m elevation (92% Eden Valley, 8% Barossa Valley)

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Our notes

We have managed to secure a small parcel of this exceptional wine. Superb Grenache from one of our favourite winemakers Alex Head. 


The Wine Front
Ripe raspberry, rosy and minty perfume, a little soil and gravel. It’s rich and throaty, almond and dark raspberry, a fair bit of grip from tannin, kind of dry, but with succulence of fruit. Some chamois-like texture on the finish, which is firm and pleasingly long. Quite well-packed this year, and almost a little sullen, but very good. The Wine Front, 1 June, 2020

Gary Walsh

Bright, ripe raspberries with roses and vanilla, as well as red-berry pastry. The palate has piercing, driving raspberry and blackcurrant flavors with fresh, grainy tannins and zippy acidity. Impressive poise and depth. Fresh and flavorful. Drink or hold. Screw cap., 11 September, 2020

Nick Stock

Producers notes

HEAD Wines was started in 2006 by Alex Head. It focuses on single site Rhone varietals from the Barossa and Eden Valleys in South Australia.

Each HEAD Wine shows a distinctive house style of powerful fruit weight, elegance, freshness, finesse and balance which starts by farming vineyards sustainably and in some cases using organics and biodynamics. Yields are low/controlled, grapes are hand-picked, ferments use indigenous yeasts with some retention of stems and maturation in larger format barrels. Minimal sulphur is used during the whole wine-making process and bottling is without fining or filtration.

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


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