Head Wines Head Red Shiraz Viognier, Barossa Valley, 2010

The wine of the week in today’s Good Living section of the SMH is the 2010 Head Red Shiraz Viognier from Head Wines in the Barossa Valley.

Huon Hooke writes:

Alex Head, who worked in Sydney wine retailing and auctioneering previously, hit the ground running with small-quantity Barossa reds.After four vintages, he’s established quite a name and is showing some established Barossa identities how to suck eggs. Entry-level Head Red delivers astonishing value. The 2010 is a modern Barossa shiraz, with a glowing purple-red colour, violet, black fruit and cool-smelling spice aromas. It is medium-bodied and proportioned elegantly, with soft tannins and a rounded shape, helped along by succulent fruit. A lovely wine. Drink now to eight years. 14 per cent alcohol. 91/100.

tFood: All mature hard cheeses, especially parmesan, pecorino, cheddar, manchego and older beaufort and gruyere styles.

Also mentioned today …

Alkoomi Sauvignon Blanc, Frankland 2010 – bargain of the week

Heemskerk Coal River Valley Riesling, Tasmania 2010 – for the cellar

Veuve A. Devaux “D de Devaux”, Champagne NV – best sparkling

Louee late Picked Nullo Mountain Riesling, Rylstone 2010 – top Aussie white

Elderton Command Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2007 – indulge yourself

Longview Red Bucket Shiraz Cabernet, Adelaide Hills 2009 – top Aussie red

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