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Australian Wine Centre

Head Wines the Blonde 2018

From a single vineyard in Stonewell where the soil is sandy loam over a limestone base (blonde in colour). Always showing perfume and jube-like blue fruits, this vineyard crops naturally at around 1.5 tonne to the acre. The final blend contained 1% co-fermented viognier for colour, lift and vibrancy. I use wild yeasts from the vineyard during fermentation to help convey the true character of the vineyard in the wine.

Fragrantly scented, tightly structured and finely poised - this wine shows the more reserved, feminine face of the Barossa. Delicately portioned and beautifully balanced its fragrant notes of flowers, creme de cassis and blackberry are supported by an underlying swell of black pepper, cocoa and minerals. Supple, smooth, intense, balanced and very very long and without any hint of over ripeness, its ease of drinking and current enjoyment should not limit what is a very good cellaring future. Really classy and individual wine, such as should be made more often in the Barossa Valley. A beauty. Gavin Trott  ... for my tastes, the best of this one yet, stunning wine.

 

James Halliday 95 Points
The vineyard in Stone Well at 280m practises sustainable farming techniques, including straw mulches. Open-fermented, 100% whole bunch, matured in French oak, 300 dozen made. Delicious surge/uplift on the finish.
James Halliday Wine Companion 2021, 1 August, 2020
Gary Walsh 95 Points
Perfume and seduction, vanilla cream, plum and apricot kernel, suggestion of marmalade, but kind of refined too. It’s silky and fruit sweet, glide and gloss, fine texture to the dense tannin, peach skin and red fruit, acidity sits neatly inside the wine, and the finish is long and fine. Pure Barossa.
The Wine Front, 5 February, 2020

Min Quantity: 3

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