Current Vintage: 2013
The famous Heysen Trail is a 1,200 kilometre hiking trail that passes through some of South Australia’s most diverse and breathtaking landscapes, traversing coastal areas, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests and vineyards, as well as rich farmland and historic towns. It also happens to run along the western border of the Rolf Binder ‘Chri-Ro’ estate and the Shiraz vineyard adjacent to it is home to some special vines planted by Rolf and his father in 1972.
The Heysen Shiraz is one of the flagship wines for the Rolf Binder brand, first released in 1989. It’s made from dry grown Shiraz planted in sandy soils with a varying amount of 1-4% Cabernet Sauvignon, depending on the vintage.
Matured in the larger format, French puncheon barrels for a more restrained oak treatment, the Heysen is characterised by a velvety texture and delicate softness.
An excellent cellaring wine, with typically 10-20 years ageing potential.
2013 Release: “Deep, vivid colour; a complex and enticing bouquet has licorice, spice, black fruits and oak all competing for space, a battle of epic proportions on the palate. A full-bodied shiraz of the highest quality, thanks to not only its power, but also its balance and harmony, oak and tannins precisely weighted.
97 points, James Halliday
Wine Companion 2017
“It’s a big and bold wine, but also a sure-footed one, not losing its balance along the way. Black fruit, sage, lathed wood and vanilla, spice and liquorice. Rich dark chocolate and spicy dark fruit, deceptive amount of tannin, balanced acidity, toasty savoury oak playing a part, but not dominating, and a long saline finish with red fruits making a last minute appearance. I think 2013 was a pretty good year for Barossa Shiraz, and certainly, this is a fine example thereof.” Drink 2018 – 2028+.
94+ points, Gary Walsh
Wine Front 2017
2012 Release: “An elegant, spicy/savoury wine, with red fruits walking in lockstep with fine-grained tannins and integrated oak. Will continue on the same path for years to come…”
94 points, James Halliday
Wine Companion 2016
“A traditionally produced Barossa shiraz that shows the classic regional characters of deep blackberries, fruit-cake spices, macerated plums, liquorice, chocolate and seasoned-oak nuances. In the mouth it displays a gentle flow across the palate with plenty of blackberry-and-plum-fruit drive, hints of baking spices, chocolate, slightly overt oak and liquorice. Gentle tannins, fine acidity and a lingering finish that resonates with spicy fruit trails off nicely. Old school Barossa and quite delicious drinking.
90 points, James Suckling