Dark garnet. The Shiraz really explodes on the nose with a floral perfume and spice and juicy red and black fruits. The palate is medium-bodied and quite charming. Slight herbal notes enter the fray with the fruit turning more blackberry and with blueberry notes, but with red licorice and grainy, fine tannins. The Touriga certainly shows itself producing really great depth of flavor and structure.
Three lots of Shiraz were pulled together from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Plains. They were fermented separately and then blended as a varietal Shiraz. The winemaker was looking for a bit more heft and acidity and a bit of Touriga Naional from the Vale was blended in. The result is really a ton of value for an everyday red wine.
Region: South Australia
Varietal: 96 Shiraz - 4 Touriga Naional
Vineyard: Shiraz (2 sites in McLaren Vale + 1 in Adelaide Plains) - Touriga Naional (Single site in McLaren Vale)
Vine Age: Varied
Soil Type: Varied
Aging: 8 months in Stainless Steel
Total Acidity: 4.94 grams per liter
Total SO2: 74ppm
Total Production: 1,200 cases
Yard Dog. The old faithful friend and beloved household pet the whole family adores, occasionally superseded as the last one bites the dust (or the last drop is drunk). It is the quintessential companion, whatever the weather, the mood or the occasion. It is said that a dog will reflect the character of its owner and a wine will reflect the character of its maker. 2019 marked a label change with a new dog being featured proudly. Meet Sunny Sanders, youngest daughter of Vine Street Imports' founder Ronnie Sanders. Sunny, like her father, are determined, carefree, and very fun loving. These qualities are certainly seen in this delicious red blend.
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Back in 1987 we saw the start of something called "Flying Winemakers"...top young Aussie winemakers flying over to help with the European vintage. Shock! Horror! But...the new ideas, the energy, optimism and talent really benefitted Europe...and...Europe gave the Aussies a lot of ideas in return. Like Red Heads, for example.
See...the "flyers" got frustrated when they flew home to dull jobs in the mega wineries of the ho ho! "rationalized" Australian wine industry. They envied their French and Italian mates who made just the wines they wanted to make.
With no money to set up their own wineries, they just made a few barrels in garages. Fantastic wines came out of tin sheds! Wine shippers in Britain and the US loved the stuff. They got backing and set up Red Heads in an old bar that they bought on the road out of McLaren Vale to Barossa. Red Heads was the name of the bar.
Great name! They kept it. This is now where the keenest winemakers come after work to "do their thing." British, American, Aussie and even French customers love the idea of these red wine "heads" fanantically working away through the night making the great little wines they always wanted to make.
Justin Lane made just four barrels of his own in his garage. But also had a mate, 'Philbo', who made rather more in a bigger tin shack on Chalk Hill that he'd kitted out for bugger-all with cheap rainwater butts, garden hose, a converted milk chiller, clapped old pumps and casks scavenged from behind Hardy's.
The mantra of Red Heads still rings aloud, 'Drink more wine!' The collective garagistes are still pushing it hard and producing some crazy juice.