Bull’s Blood Dozen
Current Vintage: 2019
Hungarian ‘Bikaver’ wine translates to ‘Bulls Blood’ and dates back to the 1500’s when the Hungarians were fighting the Turks. It was a wine for strength in battle! The first Veritas ‘Bulls Blood’ was produced in 1967 by R. H. Binder and the label as remained similar to this day. It has become an Australian ‘cult’ wine and one that collectors enjoy for its wonderful ageing potential.
The 2019 vintage was one of the driest we have experienced. Below average winter rainfall, coupled with a dry spring and summer resulted in naturally lower yields across the vineyards. These climatic conditions resulted in rich and concentrated wines, although low in quantity.
Fruit sourced primarily from the Chri-Ro estate vineyard. Hand pruned and hand-picked, the Bull’s Blood is fermented in open fermenters for seven days with pump overs twice daily for maximum flavour, colour and tannin extraction. Following fermentation on skins, the juice is drained off. The remaining Mataro skins still contain a large amount of fermenting juice and due to the contact with the ripe skins, contain wonderful, rich flavours. Those skins are gently pressed. The final pressure on the cake is soft, giving an almost gentle ‘basket press’ effect. After pressing, the wine is fermented to dryness, racked and placed in American and French oak puncheons, comprising of 80% new oak, the remainder one-year old barrels.
Colour: Dark Ruby with Garnet Hue
Bouquet: Wine delivers an intense nose with dark and red fruits, dark cherry, underlying confected notes, black pepper, oak spices, dark chocolate, vanilla, black olive
Palate: Palate shows plenty of ripe fruit, black forest cake, dark fruits, some floral undertones such as citrus and cherry blossom, integrated vanillin oak. Well balanced acid and tannins are dense and velvety. The length of this wine is another great feature
Purchase 6 bottles, and receive 15% discount.
“From estate-grown bush vines planted in the 1880s, this signature blend has won a rightful place in Barossa folklore. As idiosyncratic as its name and label, this has long been one of Rolf Binder’s most consistent and impressive performers. All the power and stature of pressings amplify the exotic allure of old vines. Ripe, fleshy black fruits of all kinds are impeccably framed in generous tannins (courtesy of the mataro pressings) lively acidity and classy dark chocolate oak. It’s larger than life, without a step out of place.”
95 points, Tyson Stelzer, James Halliday Wine Companion, Published 13 August 2021
“It’s quite striking for the density of flavour packed into this wine. Starts with ripe plums, mocha, ferrous, salty-seaweed and dried herbs, then moves over to the solidly oaked notes of sweet cedar and cloves. And yet it manages to stay afloat, never falling into the too big and heavy category, just drying on the finish.”
93 points, Drink to 2030
James Halliday Wine Companion 2019
“Smoked meat, char and a ferruginous roar of grapey tannin across tobacco leaf and dried sage flavours tie this full-bodied wine neatly together. The connotations of name and method belie the savoury, textural and moreish end result.”
94 points, Drink to 2034
James Halliday, Wine Companion 2018
92 points, Drink to 2033
James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017