"A wine that's been around since Adam was a boy; for those who don't know it, the supple, medium-bodied palate with its plum and cherry fruit, subtle oak and fine tannins will come as a grave disappointment if they (reasonably) expect a monstrous red wine. Instead they end up with studied elegance...
"A wine that's been around since Adam was a boy; for those who don't know it, the supple, medium-bodied palate with its plum and cherry fruit, subtle oak and fine tannins will come as a grave disappointment if they (reasonably) expect a monstrous red wine. Instead they end up with studied elegance courtesy of bright juicy fruit and fine tannins."
93 Points Wine Companion
"A perennial favourite for my cellar, no reasoning, though I think the connection to bikaver (Bull’s Blood) through the Hungarian side of my family has something to do with it. Sentimental. Mind you, I visited Eger, a mere 40 minutes over the Slovak border from where my mother was born, to hunt down history and Egri Bikaver wines, and saw nothing like this there. I liked the caves where the old women smoked as they poured your wine to the rim of chipped glasses from opaque carafes. I sipped, ate csabai and made sidelong glances at grey and green moulds on the walls. Not all are like that of course, but they’re the most romantic to recall.
Ahh, lovely perfume. Has a mahogany richness from oak, chesterfield, dark berries, has some serious concentration and depth, spicy oak, dark fruit. Has a kind of broody, haunting feel, good length of flavour though a seriously lemony tang finishes the wine. A bit jangly and nervous, but there’s some good fruit here and the wine has some polish. Needs time, though it’s impressive in its old school way now. Timeless too."
93+ Points Wine Front
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Rolf Binder Bulls Blood Shiraz Mataro Pressings 2009
"Bottle was closed with a screwcap, picture shows cork.
Blackberry and boysenberry, nutty/woody/toasted coconut oak that works well with the fruit, earth, chocolate and dark spices. Firm acidity, but supple and well rounded. Bramble fruit. Bit of tar. Lengthy. Classic Barossa, but with some restraint. Seem to have a lot of short sentences here, but the wine is rolling, and anything but staccato."
93 Points Wine Front
Rolf Binder Bulls Blood Shiraz Mataro Pressings 2008
Dark red with a black core. Certainly shows the vintage in its liqueured, dried dark fruits, dark chocolate and port tones. Reduced like a jus. The palate is more elegant than the nose suggests with fresh supporting acidity but the dominant flavour profile is blackberry jam, as delicious as it is. Grainy tannins add a little structure and sweet spices from the oak another layer of flavour. 2008 was the winner here.
"The Bull's Blood name has been used for many years by Veritas, and once was descriptive of the wine. Times have changed, and this is a fragrant, elegant and medium-bodied wine with almost juicy fruit flavours and fine tannins to finish. A triumph for the '08 vintage."
94 Points James Halliday, Wine Companion