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2011
Red Heads Studio
'Barrel Monkeys'
Shiraz
McLaren Vale

2011
Red Heads Studio
'Barrel Monkeys'
Shiraz
McLaren Vale

Every great winemaker starts as a 'barrel monkey', dragging hoses and clambering over barrel stacks. At the pioneering Red Heads Studio, their true genius can be unleashed on some of the greatest fruit McLaren Vale has to offer!

It's what Red Heads is all about - giving the brightest young talents in Australia the wherewithal to make the wines they truly want to make. And this untamed classic is the magnificent result. Depth of flavor you'd expect in a wine at twice the price.

This was a project born of the vision of many of the top ‘barrel monkeys’ of the McLaren Vale. 100% Shiraz, from three sites in the Vale. This sees all American wood and a lot of love to go with it. Low yields, old vines, and fresh and terroir driven sites. This wine has a lift to it that many ‘blockbusters’ lack.

  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Varietal: 100% Shiraz
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Vineyard: Three Sites in McLaren Vale: Willunga Foothills, McLaren Vale floor & area near Pieri's Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 32 years old
  • Yield: 2.8 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Shallow Gray Sandy Loam over Clay
  • Oak: 14 months in American Hogsheads (50% new)
  • Production: 3,500 cases
Winery & Regional Information
MCLAREN VALE

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »

RED HEADS STUDIO

MCLAREN VALE

You'll recollect the beginnings: young Flying Winemakers doing the European Vintage, whinging that, back home in Oz, they had no freedom to make the wines they wanted to. Wineries there just kept getting bigger and fewer and being junior winemaker on a big team making a mega-brand was just plain...f-ing boring. Learn More »

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