Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rolf Binder Hanisch Shiraz

The Hanisch is Rolf Binder's flagship wine. It comes from the vineyard behind the winery. The unusual features are that four different soil types run through this block, which tends to give this wine a lot of complexity.

The 2005 Rolf Binder Hanisch is a full-bodied, if not full-blooded wine. It is quite dense on the palate, yet lush and smooth at the same time. A wall of black fruit hits the palate immediately, with plum, blackberry and cherry characteristics. This is a ripe wine, but not overripe. Some alcohol is noticeable on the finish, which itself is not very distinctive. This wine is about the mouthfeel on the front- and mid-palate. It is a wine which for a European focussed wine drinker would be right on the boundary in relation to its richness and ripeness, but for an Australian Shiraz or American Cabernet drinker would sit nicely in the middle of their experiences. It is well crafted.

The wine, at 10 years, is still fresh and fruit focussed. It will easily drink very well for another five years.

Score: 94/++


kr1 said...

Just a thought, with the older wines I find it is harder to id what the alcohol %ge is unless the winery has kept archived tasting notes. If you could include that, it would be a great service.

Hanisch seems to tread that fine line between lushness and overly rich. The 2009 is not much different based on your notes; it feels constructed but very enjoyable.

Was definitely a 2 day wine with fruit fading on the last glass.

I often wonder how good it would be if the quality of Barossa fruit was backed up by a slightly lighter extraction on the fruit and getting more used american oak in the mix.

Alontin said...

Thank you for your interesting thoughts.The noted alcohol on this wine was 14.5%. I am a bit reluctant to quote alcohol levels every time, because they are not very accurate, and also, some wines can take 15% very well, and others can't. However, I will do so occasionally.

In relation to your last comments: the 2012s of Head Brunette, the John Duval wines, and Spinifex, Bete Noir are examples of earlier picking and/or lighter extraction. These are terrific wines. A good example of used American oak is Penfolds St. Henri. The 2010 is amazing, and sold out in days.