Select blocks in the NE corner of McLaren Vale were harvested over the first couple of weeks in March. This end of McLaren Vale is slightly cooler, has sandier soils and produces mpore blue-fruited, perfumed and elegant wines. Fermentation was started in stainless steel static fermenters; letting the ferment warm itself to 28°C then bringing it back to a nice cool long ferment of 12 days at 22°C to retain those pretty aromatics. A gentle pressing of the parcels off of their skins was achieved through an airbag press. Following malolactic fermentation the wine was sent for maturation in approximately 20% new and 80% older French and American oak hogsheads, and some older large format French oak vats for 12 months prior to preparation for bottling.
Deep ruby red with a lovely youthful violet hue. A fragrant nose of fresh blueberries, a little vanillin, mixed spice, cedar and a floral hint of perfumed violets. Approachable, graceful palate of mulberry and blueberry compote. Up front, juicy flesh of plum with underlying notes of chocolate coated coffee beans, mint, black pepper, and a hint of earthy truffles. A solid backbone of supporting acidity extends these characters towards the finish. This medium bodied wine's great acidity and soft tannins allow a beautiful match to Korean Barbecue meats, and are also a fantastic pair with spicy Chinese cuisine.
When winemaker Tim Burvill decided to start Rockbare winery it was always his dream to make wines that were indicative of the region, these included: Chardonnay, Shiraz and Grenache. In 2001 Tim decided to go out on his own and formed the Rockbare label, he’s not looked back since. Tim grew up in Western Australia, but winemaking did not start until joining Southcorp and working with fruit from all over South Australia. Today Rockbare Wines is headed up by Chief Winemaker Shelley Torresan, with assistance from Peter Fraser. The Rockbare Cellar Door is based in the Adelaide Hills on the main street of the picturesque Hahndorf. The main building comprises a cottage built in 1845 - the perfect place to sample the wines of Rockbare. As well as the highly successful Rockbare brand there is the new project called Barossa Babe made from fruit sourced from 140-year-old vines.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
This is splendidly appealing; the inviting bouquet shows dark and purple fruit richness together with toasty oak, dark cocoa and subtle spice notes, followed by a succulent palate that's plump and fleshy. It's mouthfilling and delicious with layers of rich texture and polished tannins, making it highly enjoyable. AU$26.00. www.rockbare.com.au.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Sourced from two cooler sites, the elevage marked by the decision to use an arsenal of new and used French and American oak. A wise choice in warmer regions, at least in my opinion. Blueberry and tapenade notes, with elevated floral to iodine scents indicative of reductive lees work, sensitively handled. The emphasis is on fruit, with a loose bow of tension ensuring ye' olde line and length.