Head The Redhead Shiraz 2018
"Raspberry liqueur, sage and spice, toasty oak, ripe fruit, juicy and intense, blueberry and blackcurrant pastille, dense and firm tannin, rich and full. The flavour lingers. It looked much better after being open for a day. More to come." 95+pts - Gary Walsh - WineFront
2018 The Redhead is a rare pleasure, being only the fourth to be made. Sourced from within the Mattschoss family's "Wilton Hill Vineyards" in the Eden Valley, it's borne from an unusual parent rock and soil profile. Not only granite and quartz, but a lot of ironstone normally found in parts of the Barossa Valley's north and western ridges.
This wine contains two clones of Shiraz: EVOV (planted c. 1929) & 1654 (2004) planted at an elevation of 500m. Both blocks are spur-pruned to increase the intensity of fruit and also allow the canopy style to protect the fruit from sunburn at this elevation.
Here the stems have time to catch up to the fruit in their ripeness so they push more (30%) into the ferment. These stem tannins then help balance the wine after maturation in 50% new French barriques (Old Forrest of Troncais) for 17 months. Ultimately this very special wine is for the long-haul. Afford it patience and time in the cellar before opening.
For those who can’t wait, please decant and share with flamboyant decadence.