2010 Rolf Binder Shiraz Hales
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Wonderful, rich red Barossa fruit with characteristic hints of licorice and black pepper. The Rolf Binders Hales Shiraz is a very satisfying, long mouthful of great flavors to pair with anything off the barbecue or dishes spiced with cinnamon, coriander, cumin or anise.
90+ WA; 93 JH
$19.79 as part of a mixed case.
"This deep blood red wine fills the glass with aromas reminiscent of rich red berries and dark bitter chocolate. Dark cherries enhanced with cassis, anise and pepper mingle on the medium to full bodied palate. Creamy tannins and complex acidity lends to the overall perception of a smooth, rich red wine, with a nice persistence of flavour."
"A collection of five Barossa Valley Shiraz vineyards contribute varying characteristics of fruit to this wine. To this we have added some Shiraz base from our winery stalwarts, the Christa Rolf and the Heinrich. The Shiraz makes up only 90% of the final blend, with juicy confectionary and red cherries hailing from 5% Grenache, and 5% estate-grown Mataro offering a deep, earthy background on the palate. Twelve months maturation in a mixture of 10% new American oak barrels, the balance being made up of two-year old American and shaved French barrels."
"90+ pts ... Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Hales Shiraz has a core of ripe black plums and black cherries over notes of licorice, tar and dark chocolate plus a whiff of cloves. Medium-full bodied with plenty of taut, muscular fruit in the mouth, it has crisp acid, grainy tannins and a long, pure finish. Drink this one now through 2018+. "
"93 pts ... Bright crimson; if only more winemakers in the Barossa would look carefully at wines such as this, and realise high alcohol is not a universal panacea. Here there is a lovely blend of red and black cherry fruit, with fine spicy/savoury tannins; a bargain at the price. Drink through 2018."
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