Rolf Binder and sister Christa Deans, produce a range of highly acclaimed Barossa premium wines using fruit from their own estate and other Barossa vineyards. Rolf focuses on red winemaking, for which he has received international accolades, and Christa is recognised as one of the region’s finest white winemakers.
The Hungarian ‘Bikaver’ wine translates to ‘Bulls Blood’ anddates back to the 1500s when the Hungarians were fighting the Turks. It was a wine for strengh in battle! The first Veritas ‘Bulls Blood’ was produced in 1967 by R.H.Binderand the label remains quite similar still today. It has become an Australian ‘cult’ wine and one that collectors enjoy.
Mulled spicy fruit, obvious oak that is mellow and rounded, rich chocolates that are subdued. Displays a mellow richness that is classy and definitive. The immediate evidence of weight, texture and spice launch the palate. The richness that leads onto the palate is wonderful; showing exotic spice, stone fruit, mulberries and hints of dark chocolate. The mid palate builds immediately with depth, texture and fine grainy tannins emerging. The back palate is solid, strong showing some wild berries, coating the mouth with great length and persistent flavours. The wine has powerful mouth filling weight and finishes with clear, round and soft but evident tannins that are a perfect blend of wood and fruit.
Quite savory elements with coal smoke and wild herbs, as well as black tea and blueberries. The mataro is strong here. The palate has a very focused feel with intense, blueberry and blackberry flavors. So concentrated and intense. Exquisite power and balance here. The tannins are so long. Try from 2024. Rating: 95 Points; Nick Stock in James Suckling
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