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The First Colonists to arrive in South Australia were brought to Kangaroo Island aboard HMS Buffalo in 1836. Sharing the journey was a veteran of the Royal Navy who had served aboard Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. Frank Potts was an accomplished sailor and carpenter, he built many of the young colony's structures and trading vessels. Six generations later, the Potts family's precious plantings of Malbec have been a key component in many of the nation's most memorable and invaluable vintages for decades. A varietal that performs magnificently on the silty flood plains of Langhorne Creek, Bleasdale's pure Malbec bottlings are a profound statement about the excellence and eloquence which can be achieved after generations of husbanding one of the world's most instrumental yet abstruse wine.. Making the most magnificent malbec»
Hurtle Walker first picked grapes as a ten year old on the celebrious Magill property in 1900. Apprenticed to the legenderies Monsieur Duray and Leon Mazure, Walker was placed in charge of sparkling wine production for the historic Auldana Cellars at the ripe old age of 21. He saw service as a soldier in World War I and made great wine until 1975. Hurtle Walker's grandson continues the family tradition, partnering with Jimmy Watson winner David O'Leary to acquire the most auspicious Clare Valley vineyards and establish one of the nation's leading marques. Between the two, O'Leary and Waker have claimed every prestigious accolade in the land, a breathtaking tally of dozens national Trophies and countless competition Gold. They remain the quiet achieving tour de force behind the most memorable vintages and outstanding.. The illustrious pair of valley clare»
After hearing tall tales of the Victorian klondike, he jumped ship and made his way to the Castlemaine goldfields. Black Jack mined no fortune but he found his fame as the only American mariner to still be savoured alongside have claimed the eminent M.Chapoutier Trophy for Best Shiraz at the prestigious Le Concours des Vinson on no fewer than three occasions... Found berth in the australian colonies during the goldrush of the 1850s»

Rockbare McLaren Vale Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
RockBare are raiders of precious but wayward vineyards, planted to outdated standards of viticulture, sadly unviable for large scale winemaking. These are however, precisely the nature of site that Rockbare retain. An assemblage of old and very old vines Shiraz, the ferments display exceptional properties as soon as they are crushed, exhibiting amazing tannin structure and remarkable eloquence. By any measure, a splendid McLaren Vale Shiraz, it is not often that parcels of such high quality are collated and vinified into such an opulent yet accessible wine.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$275.00
McLaren Vale is one of the world's premier regions for deeply flavoured, full bodied Shiraz, but the Australian wine industry has been going through a very rough period. Within McLaren Vale, this made some incredibly old and amazing Shiraz vineyards suddenly available, which were gleefully accepted into the RockBare fold. Parcels of old vine Shiraz, some of the oldest in Australia, up to 140 years of age, are inoculated and treated to a warm vinification in static fermenters on skins for up to a fortnight at 22C. The wines are gently pressed on skins with the aid of an airbag before sending to a selection of seasoned and new French and American oak barrels for completion of malolactic and eighteen months maturation.
Vivid purple, violet hue. An elegant, lifted nose of bramble and fleshy raspberry, hints of violet, cedar and cloves. Succulent mulberry and red currant fruit harmonise with velvety chocolate, mocha and sweet vanillin flavours, the oak only just manages to poke its head above the tidal wave of Shiraz flavours. Trademark RockBare liquorice tannins will continue to mellow and evolve.
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RockBare was born out of Tim Burvill's desire to create his own wine from fruit grown to Australia's best viticultural regions

Growing up in Western Australia, Tim's interest in wine was sparked at a young age by frequent summer holidays to the Margaret River region. He fell in love with the world of wine, his passion eventually saw him move to South Australia, where he completed an honours degree at Adelaide University's Roseworthy Campus. His first job was with Southcorp, which as Tim puts it "was the best start to a winemaking career that anyone could ask for." For the next 5 years Tim worked with Southcorp, travelling the country plying his craft in the Coonawarra (Wynns) and the Barossa Valley (Penfolds), the Sunraysia and the Riverland, refining his style alongside some of the best winemakers in the country. A rapid rise through the ranks soon saw him vested with the responsibility at the age of 25, of making Southcorp's ultra-premium white wines, including Penfolds Yattarna. In 2001, Tim decided to follow his own path and began RockBare, focusing on Chardonnay and Shiraz from South Australia's McLaren Vale.

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The home of RockBare is McLaren Vale. Sunny days cool nights, the unique pure flavour of McLaren Vale ..nothing more, nothing less. "McLaren Vale produces such fantastic Shiraz and Chardonnay, why would you want to make anything else here?" The success of RockBare has been mind-blowing, with critics giving RockBare the thumbs up on its strength of character and style. Like most winemakers, Burvill understands that the quality of the wine in the glass is decided by the quality of the fruit from the vineyard. RockBare showcases the pure expression of fruit from the beautiful McLaren Vale.

When Burvill started RockBare, his goal was to make pure and intense wines, using only varieties that are suited to growing in the cool, maritime climate of South Australia's McLaren Vale. Chardonnay, Shiraz and Grenache. These wine varieties were his passion, and McLaren Vale was the logical choice of region to pursue his dream. Burvill wanted to make wine in McLaren Vale because he believes it's the best all-round region in Australia. It's known for being consistent year in, year out, it's got a great maritime climate and very good soils.

McLaren Vale is undoubtedly one of the premier regions for producing ripe, palate-rich Chardonnay, and powerful, deeply flavoured, full-bodied Shiraz, but the Australian wine industry had been going through a very rough period. In the McLaren Vale, this made some incredibly old and amazing Shiraz vineyards suddenly available, which were gleefully accepted into the RockBare fold. Burvill derives the greatest pleasure from processing the fruit of so many 50+ year old Shiraz vineyards.

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So, why Barossa Babe? Well, this was Burvill's secret project. Generations of winemakers have recognised the Barossa Valley's unique ability to make deeply coloured and flavoured Shiraz wines which are characterised by their depth of flavour and class. So Tim has reverted back to a trusted formula in his quest to make the perfect Shiraz. Old vine Barossa Shiraz, the older the better. For Barossa Babe, grapes from very old vines are the source. Not 20 or 30 years old, but seriously old, perhaps some of the oldest vines in Australia, up to 140 years! How could he turn his back on such brilliant old Barossa vines? The opportunity was irresistible. If you're after a light red, then RockBare Shiraz is not for you. This is an old school, hang on to your hats, powerful gutsy McLaren Vale Shiraz. So, if you're looking for a juicy red to drink with a meal, or even the next red after dinner, then you'll like this one.

Mojo wines are in keeping with Winemaker Tim Burvill's power-packed fruit driven style. From the cool temperatures of the Adelaide Hills, to the hot summer weather of the Barossa Valley, Tim Burvill selects the best fruit to produce Mojo wines. The Adelaide Hills is Australia's premier cool climate wine region, dividing the Barossa Valley to the North and McLaren Vale to the South. The region is renowned for its exceptional white wines and Burvill is doing exciting things with its unique terroir. The folds and undulations of the hills create a wide range of microclimates, whilst the beautiful verdan valleys criss-cross the north-facing slopes to capture the sun and provide protection from the strong cold southerly wind. Mojo Sauvignon Blanc is produced from Adelaide Hills fruit. It is mainly the altitude that is the key to the climate, with Mount Lofty and the Piccadilly Valley being much cooler than the city of Adelaide. Stylistically the Adelaide Hills, produces clean crisp whites, with great acidity. It is these naturally occurring flavours that Tim tries to capture in every bottle.

Mojo Shiraz, comes from the Barossa Valley, which is one of the Australia's best known regions with a rich winemaking history dating back to 1847. The moderately continental climate provides the ideal conditions for a wide number of grape varieties especially the production of full-bodied reds. It is these unique growing conditions and the natural sunlight, which Tim tries to capture in Mojo Shiraz.

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