2017 Rolf Binder Heinrich Shiraz Mataro Grenache


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Nicely concentrated, elegant even, with aromas of stewed plums, black spicy fruits, polished new leather interwoven with care. Cedar and wood smoke, velvety texture, ripe tannins, lingering warm aftertaste. A touch of class - which is to be expected as the wine is made in tribute to patriarch and founder of the Veritas Winery, Rolf Heinrich Binder.
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Why's this wine for you?

Is there a better combination? The timeless charm of Rolf Binder, and the powerful, unctuous old-vine Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache fruit that make up the long-lived Heinrich. Binder's bit of a legend in our eyes, and this stately wine is right on the money. It's the full kit. Layers of Grenache, from old bush-vine in Light Pass dances with the savoury and powerful undercurrent of 70-year-old estate grown Shiraz. The individual components all have their sway, with nuances of chocolate, raspberry, beef stockpot and a berry fruit sweetness all adding to the complexity of a wine that will travel for 10 or 20 years down the line.

No wonder Rolf was once feted as the future of Australian wine by none other than Robert Parker Jnr. This is the archetype of Barossa and hard to pass by.

How's it taste?
Brilliant crimson colour, very bright, almost glowing and pales a little at the rim. Pure, fragrant aroma at times floral and violets come to mind but also showing warm climate richness and ripeness. The palate is much more delicate than that of single varietal Shiraz and builds gradually in the mouth and finishes with satisfying, delicious fruit and fine tannins. This is a wine that ages well and could be enjoyed until 2026.
How was it made?
The ‘Heinrich’ is a tribute wine to Rolf and Christa’s father, Rolf Heinrich Binder as he loved to work with these three great Barossa varietals – Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache. Rolf continues that legacy with this classic blend and rates it as one of his favourite wines to make.  It’s more common to see a GSM blend in the Barossa, but Rolf believes that Shiraz is our best asset, so why not lead with your best? The blend ratio is typically in the range of 50/30/20.
This is an estate wine with the Shiraz and Mataro grapes grown in the Stephanie vineyard, adjacent to the winery. The Grenache is sourced from the estate vineyard on the Western Ridge at Gomersal, planted in the early 1950s as well as some Grenache from the Binder Deans Light Pass vineyard.
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 up to 10 years of cellaring.
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Jeni Port - Halliday's Wine Companion
Nicely concentrated, elegant even, with aromas of stewed plums, black spicy fruits, polished new leather interwoven with care. Cedar and wood smoke, velvety texture, ripe tannins, lingering warm aftertaste. A touch of class - which is to be expected as the wine is made in tribute to patriarch and founder of the Veritas Winery, Rolf Heinrich Binder.
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