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HEAD The Contrarian Single Vineyard 2014

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The Contrarian Single Vineyard The Contrarian Single Vineyard

HEAD The Contrarian Single Vineyard 2014

The Contrarian’ is a wine unlike a typical Barossa Shiraz. Made in a medium-bodied savoury European style it is a wine that expresses a very different side to the Barossa. The grapes are sourced from the sub-region of Marananga at 320 metres in the Barossa Valley. Fruit is picked early and the structure of the wine relies primarily on tannin for support. Vinification includes whole bunch ferment with natural yeasts, maceration, foot crushing and pigeage for colour and tannin extraction. A small portion of the wine is matured in new oak.
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The Contrarian’ is a wine unlike a typical Barossa Shiraz. Made in a medium-bodied savoury European style it is a wine that expresses a very different side to the Barossa. The grapes are sourced from the sub-region of Marananga at 320 metres in the Barossa Valley. Fruit is picked early and the structure of the wine relies primarily on tannin for support. Vinification includes whole bunch ferment with natural yeasts, maceration, foot crushing and pigeage for colour and tannin extraction. A small portion of the wine is matured in new oak.
  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Region: Barossa Valley
  • Code: HTCSBV
  • Varietal: Syrah
  • Country: Australia

Region Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many

Barossa Valley

Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.
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Winery HEAD

Head Wines

Alex Head is part of the new generation of small Barossa winemakers creating wines in a new, more elegant style. Inspired by the wines of the Rhone valley, Alex Head sources small-parcels of old vine fruit and uses traditional vinification techniques to produce wines with perfume, vibrant fruit and savoury complexity. Head’s aim is maximum drinkability, which he successfully achieves by emphasising freshness, balance, texture and fruit purity. Eight wines are made under the Head label, including the Blonde and the Brunette inspired by the legendary wines of the Northern Rhone.