Rolf Binder Bulls Blood

Product code: 366

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2010 Vintage

 Barossa Valley Australia
Grapes: 70% Shiraz, 30% Mataro

Veritas Winery was established in 1955 by Rolf Heinrich Binder. The winery tradition is now continued by Rolf and Christa as sister and brother winemakers, jointly awarded Barossa Winemakers of the year for 2005. In 2005 on the 50thAnniversary, Veritas became Rolf Binder Wines.

Rolf Binder Wines has been making the same style of Bulls Blood since 1967 when Rolf Binder Senior set out to replicate the Bikaver (Bulls Blood) of his homeland Hungary. The Bulls Blood Shiraz is grown in the sandy loam of the Rolf Binder prize Western Ridge vineyard on the edge of the Marananga bowl, with small amounts from the Hanisch, Heysen and the grower Hearnden vineyards. The Mataro is solely from the old basket pruned vines in the Chri Ro estate. The age of the old Mataro vines is unknown however, the 80 year old grower across the road - Snow Andretzke, swears they have been there all his life, and prior to his birth his grandfather talked about working the vines. The Blend ratio is Shiraz 70%, Mataro 30%.

Both hand pruned and hand picked, the Bulls Blood is fermented in open fermenters with pump overs twice daily, resulting in a seven day fermentation process. This results in maximum flavour, colour and tannin extraction with both the hot ferment and pumping over stabilising tannin structure. At the end of fermentation on skins the juice is drained off. The remaining skins still contain a large amount of fermenting juice and due to the contact with the ripe skins contain wonderful, rich flavours. The skins are gently pressed . The final pressure on the cake is soft, giving an almost gentle ‘basket press’ effect. After pressing, the wine is fermented to dryness, racked and placed in mostly shaven French oak with a small proportion of shaven American oak. 

Tasting Notes
'Swaggeringly powerful', 'swaggeringly textured fruit', 'super rich and multi layered' - these are some descriptors enthusiastic Bulls Blood drinkers have used for this blend of Shiraz and Mataro pressings. Such flavours and aromas as Christmas pudding, spicy juicy fruit, earthy flavoured and perfumed are prevalent in this wine. Certainly one to enjoy with a long slow braise of lamb, venison or beef.

Winemakers Comments

“I find Mataro a very exciting variety to crush and make wine from. The spiciness of the juice is a major drawcard; however to me, the fascination is that point in the fermentation where the true spiciness of Mataro emerges. As I taste the fermentations everyday, on about day three, I notice the sudden kick of spice and mace flavours—now I am happy another great Mataro wine is born.” Rolf Binder