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Rolf Binder Wines - Hales Shiraz 2015


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Barossa Valley
  • Wine Maker: Rolf Binder
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 89% Shiraz, 7% Mataro, 4% Grenache
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.4%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2010) WS: 89 (2012) JH: 92 (2014) WF: 91+ (2014)

Wine tasting notes

The Hales Shiraz is 89% Barossa Shiraz with the addition of 4% Grenache and 7% Mataro. Most of the Shiraz is home grown from the Stephanie vineyard with 20% of the Shiraz coming from the Light Pass grower Heardon, and the other 25% from Doeke at Seppeltsfield Road whose vineyard is opposite our Heysen vineyard. These Vineyards lie along the Western edge of the Barossa Valley. This deep blood red wine fills the glass with aromas reminiscent of rich red berries and dark bitter chocolate. Dark cherries enhanced with cassis, anise and pepper mingle on the medium to full bodied palate. Creamy tannins and complex acidity lends to the overall perception of a smooth, rich red wine, with a nice persistence of flavour.

Winery Information

Rolf Binder Wines

Christa and Rolf form the heart of Rolf Binder wines, continuing a family wine-making tradition that spans nearly 60 years. Their parents arrived in Australia in 1950 ? just 2 amongst the many post-war immigrants from Europe and met a grape grower in the Barossa while working to help pay for their assisted passage. From such unlikely beginnings, a passion for the Barossa was born, a winery was purchased and a new life began. They soon came to appreciate the riches of the Barossa ? the old vine.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2010)90 pts

Dec 2011. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Hales Shiraz has a core of ripe black plums and black cherries over notes of licorice, tar and dark chocolate plus a whiff of cloves. Medium-full bodied with plenty of taut, muscular fruit in the mouth, it has crisp acid, grainy tannins and a long, pure finish. Drink this one now through 2018+.

Wine Spectator (2012)89 pts

Firm in texture, with restraint to the blackberry and pepper flavors, finishing with medium density. Best after 2017.–HS

James Halliday (2014)92 pts

Good colour; this is as smooth, supple and enticing as possible, with satin mouthfeel and fresh fruit in abundance. It is no wimp, with depth to its black and blue berry fruits and innate balance; oak is an incidental extra, the tannins in the same class, more a memory than a physical presence. Moderate alcohol is a triumph.

Wine Front (2014)91+ pts

Dark berries, toasted coconut, mint and new leather. Medium bodied, savoury and toasty, sizzled sage, forest berries, crisp acidity and a good amount of shaping fine grained tannin. Classic, you might say.

Vinification Notes

A collection of five Barossa Valley Shiraz vineyards contribute varying characteristics of fruit to this wine. To this we have added some Shiraz base from our winery stalwarts, the Christa Rolf and the Heinrich. The Shiraz makes up only 90% of the final blend, with juicy confectionary and red cherries hailing from 5% Grenache, and 5% estate-grown Mataro offering a deep, earthy background on the palate. Twelve months maturation in a mixture of 10% new American oak barrels, the balance being made up of two-year old American and shaved French barrels.