Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rolf Binder Halliwell

Recent reviews have been of quite exclusive and expensive wines. Time to come back to earth. And while a number of wineries are best known for their flagship wines (e.g. Rockwell or Brokenwood), other wineries provide best opportunities with their mid or lower range wines.

One such winery is Rolf Binder, the former Veritas in the Barossa. Brands and labels are pretty much a dog's breakfast, as different names are applied for US and UK exports. Then some are sold here etc.

The bottom line is Rolf Binder makes good GSMs in the $2o/bottle price range. Last night I had the 2005 Rolf Binder Halliwell. This is a 60% Shiraz/40% Grenache blend. The taste is very plummy and a little fat, not overly sophisticated, but the right sort of wine with a hearty meal on a miserable night (weather wise).

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