Head The Brunette Barossa Shiraz 2018

Head The Brunette Barossa Shiraz 2018

Head The Brunette Barossa Shiraz 2018

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Winemaking and Drinking

The 2018 The Brunette Shiraz is more than just a bottle of wine; it is an expression of place and passion. From the rugged soils of Moppa Hill to the careful hands of the winemaker, every aspect of this wine's creation is a testament to quality and dedication. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, The Brunette Shiraz promises a memorable and enriching experience, a true jewel in the crown of Australian winemaking.

Origins and Vineyards

The origins of The Brunette Shiraz lie in the distinctive soils and microclimates of the Barossa Valley, particularly in the sub-region of Moppa Hill. This area is known for its ancient, rocky soils, which are ideal for growing premium Shiraz grapes. The vines for The Brunette are dry-farmed and grown on their own roots, reflecting a commitment to sustainability and authenticity. This practice not only reduces water usage but also allows the vines to develop deep root systems, accessing complex mineral profiles that contribute to the wine's depth and character.

Alex Head, the winemaker, meticulously manages the vineyard to ensure the health and vitality of the vines, practicing minimal intervention both in the vineyard and the winery. The 2018 vintage benefitted from a long, cool growing season, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and develop intense flavors and balanced acidity.

Tasting Notes

The 2018 The Brunette Shiraz is a wine of remarkable complexity and elegance. In the glass, it presents a deep, inky purple hue, indicative of its concentration and richness. The nose is immediately captivating, offering a bouquet of dark berries, plums, and black cherries, interwoven with hints of violets, black pepper, and subtle oak nuances.

On the palate, The Brunette Shiraz delivers a full-bodied experience with layers of flavor. Rich black fruits dominate the forefront, followed by notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and a touch of licorice. The wine's tannins are firm yet silky, providing a strong backbone that promises excellent aging potential. The finish is long and persistent, leaving a lingering impression of spice and minerality that speaks to its Moppa Hill origins.


The aromatic profile of the 2018 The Brunette Shiraz is both intricate and inviting. It opens with a lush bouquet of ripe blackberries, mulberries, and black cherries, mingling with floral notes of violets and dried lavender. As the wine breathes, secondary aromas of black pepper, star anise, and a subtle smokiness emerge, complemented by hints of cedar and vanilla from the judicious use of French oak.

Awards and Accolades

The 2018 The Brunette Shiraz has garnered significant attention and acclaim both domestically and internationally. It has received numerous accolades, reflecting its quality and the skill of its maker:

  • James Halliday's Wine Companion awarded it 96 points, praising its balance, complexity, and potential for long-term cellaring.
  • The Decanter World Wine Awards recognized it with a Gold Medal, highlighting its exceptional structure and elegance.
  • The International Wine Challenge also honored it with a Silver Medal, noting its impressive depth and vibrant fruit profile.

These awards underscore the consistent excellence that Head Wines brings to their production, particularly with The Brunette Shiraz, which stands as a testament to the unique terroir of the Barossa Valley and the meticulous craftsmanship of Alex Head.


Wine TypeRed wine
StateSouth Australia
RegionBarossa Valley
Volume175 mL