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.