Rolf Binder Hanisch Shiraz 2013

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Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Shiraz Hanisch has a pretty Provence-herbs and baking-spice perfumed nose over a core of kirsch, red currant jelly and mulberries plus a touch of cedar. Medium to full-bodied, there's a lovely elegance and freshness to the multilayered palate with ripe, rounded tannins in the background and providing interest to the long finish.

About This Wine

The Hanisch Shiraz is the flagship wine from Rolf Binder. Comprising 100% Shiraz grown in the Veritas Estate Vineyard the "Hanisch" is named after the original owner of the vineyard, "Punch' Hanisch. This special vineyard was purchased in 1968, planted to vines in 1972 and by the mid 1980's a 1.6 hectare section was recognised for intensely expressive Shiraz of intense aromas, deep colour and flavour. The first Shiraz bottled from this vineyard was in 1988, though it was not called Hanisch, but 'Long Rows'. The first 'Hanisch' was produced in 1991 and production is always low at only 250 - 500 cases.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Shiraz/Syrah
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Brand Rolf Binder
Vintage 2012

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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