Current Vintage: 2018
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 where it develops intensely concentrated flavours.
2018 harvest was well and truly dry but produced quality with the help of water retained in the soils from rainy months leading up to vintage. Crops were well down on the bumper 2017 vintage, but only slightly below the long-term average. Summer and early Autumn were unusually dry, requiring supplemental irrigation to all vineyard sites. The low disease pressures associated with dry, warm conditions coupled with the cool night-time temperatures allowed the vines to produce fruit with exceptional character and flavour while being harvested at lower degrees of sugar ripeness, generally producing vibrant, balanced, lower alcohol styles.
This wine has a Deep Red colour with a purple hue. Wine delivers intense aromatic expression with boysenberry, ripe blueberry, plum and wild fruits, milk chocolate, notes of vanilla, oak spices, dark cherry and black olive. Ripe fruit concentration follows through to the palate. Full body style with black olive, cocoa, Asian cooking spices, confected notes, sweet fruits. Wine is balanced, fleshy and lively with integrated tannins. Shows a beautiful round and mouth coating palate. The pinpoint acidity gives it excellent persistence and length.
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2018 Release: “Binder’s fabled Heysen vineyard has delivered a fantastic and characterful Barossa shiraz in 2018, brilliantly capturing tremendous depth without sacrificing brightness or definition. Crunchy black fruits of all kinds play to a backdrop of fresh licorice straps, wonderfully bright acidity and fine tannin confidence. Good value.”
96 points – GOLD. Tyson Stelzer, Halliday Wine Companion 2022. Drink to 2033.
2016 Release: “While all the parcels of a rich, ripe Barossa shiraz are strutting their stuff, they’ve come together well to create a balanced wine. Full-bodied, ripe, plump tannins and a freshness overall”.
95 points – GOLD. James Halliday Wine Companion 2020. Drink to 2034.
2015 Release: “An integrated 50/50 blend of American (50% new) and French oak, aged for 22 months adds a frame to this single vineyard wine and there’s plenty of stuffing, too. A complex, rich mix of black-red fruits flecked with licorice, new leather and warm earth, fragrant with iron. Real composure to this thanks to its fine-grained tannins and persistence on the finish”.
96 points – GOLD. James Halliday Wine Companion 2019. Drink to 2037.
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