Winner of the James Halliday Grenache Challenge for 2020.
Head Old Vine Grenache 2019 has been announced at the winner of the James Halliday Grenache Challenge for 2020.
The James Halliday Grenache Challenge is Australia's only show dedicated to Grenache and 130 entries were received. This was awarded 97 points by judges and took home the trophy. I'll point out there were many fancy, higher priced wines in the show, but this beat them all! Grenache lovers, this is where Grenache is this year. Alex Head, the winemaker is on a roll. He has had a stella year and this caps it off.
Alex specialises in Grenache and this wine is produced from a 160-year-old vineyard, one of the oldest in the world. ,
"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." Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
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.