Three classic varieties have come together in this wine, the combination is 50% Shiraz, 30% Mataro and 20% Grenache. It has produced a full bodied yet soft wine with a complex structure of the fruit oak and gentle tannins. Each variety adds its individual talents with nuances of chocolate, raspberry, beef stockpot and a berry fruit sweetness. The finish is dry and the flavours linger on the palate with subtle oak and tannin adding to the fruit characters creating a full and comprehensive wine that will drink well now but also benefit from cellaring.
Awards and Accolades
92 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Estate-grown old vines. This is a superior example of the blend with good structure, complex flavours led by the black fruits and spice of the shiraz, then contrasting savoury, earthy notes presumably ex the mataro, and some red fruits (less confection) from the grenache; fine, dry tannins provide texture."
2012 Vintage: 94 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Medium red-purple; no more than medium-bodied, but has a brightness to the blend over and above many such from the Barossa Valley; juicy red fruits and balanced acidity draw saliva from the mouth, and lengthen the finish. A very good wine."
From the Winery
Fruit for this wine is sourced from various Binder Estate vineyards in different areas of the Barossa. The major component, Shiraz, is a vineyard selection, including some fruit from Eden Valley. The Grenache is grown on the Western Ridge and the Mataro is from wonderful old bush vines planted in the 1880s (the Pressings of which are used in our Bull’s Blood wine).
Fruit for this wine was harvested by hand. The Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache are separately crushed, fermented and aged until final blending and bottling. Vinification occurs in open fermenters with pump overs twice daily. The fermentation was completed in tank, the wines were then racked to barrel. Oak used for the Shiraz was 15% new oak, 45% shaven American and 40% two year old American. For the Grenache, 50% shaven French, 30% shaven American and 20% two-year-old French. The Mataro was aged in 50% shaven French and 50% shaven American oak. The wine was blended to taste and style, utilising the body and strength of the Shiraz (50%), the ripe confectionary fruit of the Grenache (20%) and the fine earthy tannins of the old vine Mataro (30%).
Don't Pay: $36.00
WBW Rating: 94/100
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Winemaker: Rolf Binder
Drink now until: 2024
Alc/Vol: 14.5 %
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