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