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Australian Wine Centre

Head Wines the Old Vine Grenache 2020

Old bush vine Grenache planted in 1942 by Otto Grocke on a warm site of red to brown cracking clays near Krondorf in the middle of the valley floor.  10% whole-bunch, no crushing or temperature control, natural yeasts, hand plunged daily for 2 weeks.  Matured in a single 20 year old wooden foudre (2500L) to preserve the fruit and build texture.  Eat your heart out CNDP!  Bottled unfined and unfiltered under stelvin capsule.

Deep crimson red.  Essence of pure red fruit nose.  Pomegranate, spice, fennel bush, liquored and glacéed red cherry.  Only medium bodied but round, plump, sweet core of red fruits and profoundly textured mouthfeel.  An effortless wine; like eating a Grenache bunch from the vine... Pork, game or poultry will suit.  Drink now or up to 10 years. 14.5% Alcohol.

Dark earthy notes, deep dark and meaty raspberries, dark berries, spice, dark berries, spice, berries, spice .... well, you get the idea. Toss in kirsch, touches of cassis, herbs, pepper and that 'wild' earthy edge and you get the idea, this is one interesting, fascinating nose on a wine! Can this really be Barossa Grenache ... its so Southern French, and so intriguing I cannot remember a wine like it! This is the most interesting and intriguing wine I have tried this year, well, for many years perhaps, and just what I think wine should be ... challenging, interesting and individual. Great wine ... full stop ...  If you hate surprises, and wish your Barossa reds to taste the same, this is not for you, if you love wine, drop everything and grab this wine!  Gavin Trott

  • Gary Walsh

    93 Points
    Juicy, purple, ripe raspberry, brown spices. Gummy feel, saucy and spicy, tannin has some grit, and finish is jubey and fairly long. Feels a little different from the usual offerings from Head, in terms of Grenache, though that’s perhaps a function of the vintage

    The Wine Front, 6 May, 2021


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