Rolf Binder Halliwell Shiraz-Grenache 2006
Rhone Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Australia
The Shiraz Grenache blend is made from grapes we select to give a 'juicy' structure and presence to the wine. As our own young vineyards mature we are using mostly estate grown Shiraz combined with small batches of grapes we buy in from neighbors. The Grenache comes from our prize 'Western Ridge' vineyard on the edge of the Marananga bowl... the warmth of the Barossa comes through in a wine made from grapes from vineyards along the western edge of the Barossa Valley.
To retain the luscious and rich fruit flavours, we use mostly older shaven oak, with about 10% newer oak. The true key to the wine is the Grenache.
In the years Shiraz is strong and bold, the Grenache is somewhat subdued but in others, the Grenache leaps out with spice cherries and strong tannins.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Shiraz (70%) – Grenache (30%) "Halliwell" offers scintillating scents of truffle, earth, blueberry, black cherry, and kirsch liqueur. Layered and full-flavored, with excellent depth and concentration, it has enough structure to evolve for several years. It should drink well through 2016."
Wine Spectator - "This is firm in texture, with a green olive note running through the solid blackberry and cherry flavors. The tannins make their presence felt on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2016. 5,000 cases imported."
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About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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2 ratings, 1 with reviewRichard Pine - Vincentown, NJ45/1/2011Don Maidlow - Riverview, FL43/1/2011The blend of Shiraz with Greache makes for a very pleasant surprise. Not overly sweet as some Shiraz, the Genache blending gives this wine a character of its own. Somewhat full bodied with a softness that allos this wine to stand out against many Shiraz or Pinots. Very drinkable on its own or with a full flavored cheese.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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