Rolf Binder Heysen Shiraz 2016
Australia / South Australia
Andy's Tasting Notes
Beautifully balanced Shiraz. Superb fruit concentration yet so harmonious and understated. A producer who really knows how to showcase the fantastic quality of Barossa shiraz without overdoing it!
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.
Production notes – vinification: The grapes were fermented in one batch, managed for at least 6-8 days on skins. After pressing the free run juice was added back. During ferment, some of the juice was transferred to new oak barrels for 24 hours, then pumped back into the fermentation tank. The barrels were then washed and then refilled for another fermentation. Matured in 50% new French oak puncheons (500L) and 50% second fill puncheons for 22 months in oak prior to blending and bottled with minimal interference.
Halliday Australian Wine Companion: 95 pts
Price per bottle £28.75
Christa and Rolf form the heart of Rolf Binder wines, continuing a family wine-making tradition that spans nearly 60 years. Their parents arrived in Australia in 1950 – just two amongst the many post-war immigrants from Europe – and met a grape grower in the Barossa while working to help pay for their assisted passage. From such unlikely beginnings, a passion for the Barossa was born, a winery was purchased and a new life began. They soon came to appreciate the riches of the Barossa, the old vine Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache, and were at the forefront of many old vine varietal blends. Now Christa and Rolf are taking the winery into the 21st century, with Rolf forging a world-wide reputation for his red wines while Christa takes the plaudits for her white wines.
Food matchT-bone steak