Rolf Binder Heysen Shiraz
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This blockbuster Siraz from Rolf Binder is truly one of the Barossa Valley's iconic wines. The nose gives up powerful aromas of toast, lead pencil, black truffle, espresso, black cherries and blueberry. Ripe and full flavoured on the palate, there is a core of juicy berries and spice with polished tannins and a long, true finish. A luscious, full bodied wine that maintains great balance throughout whilst still retaining elegance.
Region: South Australia
Subregion: Barossa Valley
Grape Variety: Syrah/Shiraz
Bottle Size: 75cl
Style: Powerful and ripe
Drink With: Chargrilled lamb or beef
The famous Heysen walking trail forms the western border of the Rolf Binder estate; fruit for this wine is grown in the adjacent, low yielding Heysen Vineyard.
The grapes were fermented in one batch and managed 6 to 8 days on the skins. After pressing the free-run juice was added back. During the fermentation, some of the juice was transferred to new oak barrels for 24 hours, then pumped back into the fermentation atnk. The barrels were then cleaned for another fill. Matured in 50% new oak puncheons of 500 litres 50% second fill puncheons for 22 months prior to belnding with 4% of Cabernet Sauvignon and bottled with little filtration.
It was a dry winter and the vines neede rain which never came. However the ideal temperatures in January and February promoted good ripeness of this small harvest.
Halliday Australian Wine Companion 97 points - "A full bodied Shiraz of the highest quality, not only thanks to its power, but also its balance and harmony."