"Dark red fruit, raspberry coulis, pimento, rose and milk chocolate, a subtle mint to note... It’s very stylish and composed. Excellent."
95 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Great colour – purple meets ruby. Ultra juicy purple fruit on the palate too. Joyous purple fruit, which is great given the tricky season. Great flesh, a real expanse of flavour, tending just a smidgen warming to finish, but that’s the trade-off for the sheer width of fruit. Then, late in the piece, it gets darker. More mysterious. A bit dry and darker, with late, typically fine grain sandpaper tannins. Superstar vibrancy here, with the glycerol fruit juiciness for mass appeal, with the sexy time structure to keep wine writers happy. A winner.
95 Points - Andrew Graham, ozwinereview.com
The 163yo Stonegarden vineyard near Springton is one of the treasures of the Eden Valley. Experiencing a wine made from these ancestor vines is an exercise in texture, restraint and grace. Vivid plum and red fruits cut with exotic spice, fennel tops, ginger cake, cola and purple flowers. Just beautiful drinking: a wine that is very composed and comfortable in its own skin. Savoury and fine.
96 Points - Dave Brookes, James Halliday Wine Companion 2023
Deep and bright red with purple tinges, smoky and ironstone aromas overlying sweet black fruits and a hint of tar; the palate is medium-full bodied, fleshy and rounded, with richness as well as elegance, the flavour of dark cherries and bitter herbs, nicely balanced throughout. The silken texture is a highlight. A delicious grenache.
96 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Dark red fruit, raspberry coulis, pimento, rose and milk chocolate, a subtle mint to note. Medium-bodied, stony feel to it and cool acidity, quite the ‘mineral’ thing to it, with fine-grained silky tannin, and a long fresh finish, maybe a little blood orange in the aftertaste, It’s very stylish and composed. Excellent.
95 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Classified “Ancestor” under the Barossa Old Vine Charter for vines more than 125 years old, Alex Head’s allocation from the Stonegarden vineyard has produced an absolute stunner. There are very few wines that actually stop you in your tracks at first sniff – this is one of them. The fragrance is so heady (forgive the pun) and attractive: crimson rose petals, orange zest, summer orchards with all their sun-kissed leaf, flower and earth aromas alive and vibrant. Intense is the wrong word: this is more about sublimity. When tasting, it’s a cherry Danish pastry right there in your face, soft, luxurious, a tidal swell of flavour before its fine, chalk dust tannins carry the wine into a confident, yet gentle and delicious coda – an extended conclusion to a truly superb icon-status wine from a very special place.
Tony Love, In Review
This is a parcel from the Stonegarden Vineyard in the Eden Valley and offers a cooler, blue-fruit tone on the nose with blueberries and plums, as well as cassis and violet-like florals. The palate brings a spicy thread into play, amid fresh, long and crunchy raspberry and red-plum flavors. Holds an unwavering line. Drink or hold.
94 Points - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Winemaker Alex Head’s dream to make elegant Barossa wines began in 1999 while travelling through some of Europe’s greatest wine growing regions, along with his longheld fascination with the synergy of good wine, fine food and happy company at the table. Head Wines is all that and more.
Alex follows a traditional négociant model, an old practice where the winemaker does not grow their own grapes, instead working with a number of small growers. Around three-quarters of the grapes that end up in Head Wines’ bottles are sourced from a carefully chosen selection of these elevated Eden Valley sites. All of these vineyards are farmed sustainably using organic principles where possible; yields are controlled and grapes are hand-picked.
Not being tied to his own vineyards has allowed Alex to spend years understanding the strengths and weaknesses of a number of sites in pursuit of his individual style. Alex creates great Barossan wines that are memorably balanced whilst pursuing styles that are intentional and truly of place. This is sublime winemaking.
Where this wine comes from - Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and there’s a good reason why. The wines certainly live up to their international reputation, particularly Barossa Shiraz. With long, warm summers, the region produces full-bodied styles with power and panache. The reds are rich and luscious in their youth with dark-berried flavours, fruit intensity and fine-grained tannins, which mature gracefully with time in the cellar. But there’s more to the region than Shiraz. Grenache and Mourvèdre do more than play a supporting role in GSM blends, they’re standing on their own two feet as single varietal wines. And with a new school of winemakers at the helm, the region is in good hands for a long and healthy future.