Rolf Binder Bulls Blood Shiraz/Mataro 2016

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About This Wine

Such flavours and aromas as spicy juicy fruit, hints of chocolate & earthy characters are prevalent in this wine. Certainly one to enjoy with a long slow braise of lamb, venison or beef. The 2014 is an exceptional release of this cult classic. Drinking beautifully now, you can also be rewarded by cellaring this wine for 5 - 15 years. A wine with a long history in Hungary dating back to the 1500s, the Binder family has been producing Bulls Blood for almost 50 years. It is a blend of two great Barossa varieties, Shiraz and Mataro. To give more intensity and complexity to the wine, it's made using only the Mataro pressings from the fruit taken from estate's century old Mataro bush vines, grown adjacent to the winery, blended with estate grown premium Shiraz.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Shiraz/Syrah Mourvèdre
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Brand Rolf Binder
Vintage 2016

Barossa Valley Wine

The Barossa Valley wine region has historically and currently still is one of Australia's most prestigious premium wine producing regions. Located just 60km north east of Adelaide city centre, the climate there is very hot and dry which is perfect for the big bold reds the area is famous for.

A straight Shiraz is what Barossa is most well known for, however Rhone blends, such as Shiraz Cabernet are also very popular. While much less prevalent, white wines (Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon) are planted on the higher altitude hillsides where the ocean breeze cools temperatures down to a level suitable for producing these varieties as well.

Some of Australia's earliest Shiraz plantings can be found here dating as far back as the 1850's. While not always a guarantee of quality, it might be worth seeking out and trying one of the region's "old vine shiraz" if you haven't yet.

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