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The New Barossa
Part 20: Veritas/Rolf Binder

Hanisch (right); Heysen (left) - Rolf Binder's top vineyards

Kym Teusner is the winemaker at Rolf Binder Wines (formerly known as Veritas), and while I was with him we tasted through some of Rolf’s range. They’re impressive wines, up there with the best of the Barossa. For an earlier report on these wines, see here.

Veritas Heinrich 2003
A blend of Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache. Really expressive open nose is joyful and fruity with a hint of jamminess. The palate shows a good concentration of ripe, open fruit with a nice raspberry jam character and a savoury twist. Very good+ 89/100

Rolf Binder Heinrich 2004
Quite intense, slightly tight, jammy, ripe sweet nose – very appealing. The palate shows nice definition with a savoury, spicy twist to the fruit. Very good+ 89/100

Veritas Shiraz/Mataro Pressings (Binder’s Bulls Blood) 2003
Very distinctive spicy overlay to the ripe sweet fruits on the nose. The palate is spicy and savoury with quite dense spicy fruit. Good concentration: quite chunky, finishes dry. A satisfying style. Very good+ 88/100

Rolf Binder Heysen Shiraz 2003
Tight, savoury, spicy, slightly woody nose. Spicy complexity to the dense fruit. The palate is dense and concentrated with a spicy, tarry underlay to the bold, concentrated fruit: quite a serious style: very satisfying and with potential for evolution. Very good/excellent 92/100

Rolf Binder Hanisch Shiraz 2003
Dark, brooding, complex spicy nose. Ripe, rich, intense palate with lots of taut structure and a long spicy finish. This is an intense, warm wine with lots of impact – a touch more complexity and intensity than they Heysen, but this is really one for the future. Very good/excellent 93/100

Wines tasted October 2005

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