Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Rockbare are heart, body and soul McLaren Vale. Fruit growers have been experiencing trying times of late. This has freed up some very old and precious Shiraz vineyards, which Rockbare have gleefully accepted into the fold. Tim Burvill is very gifted as a winemaker and also as a raider of isolate parcels of mature vines. He retains access to some of the Vale's best Shiraz. In the vintages since inaugural release, a number of 50+ year old vineyards have come to light, which have been assembled into an immensely satisfying experience.
RockBare was born out of a desire to create wines out of Australia's best viticultural regions. Parcels of very old Shiraz fruit, some of it hand harvested, are treated to warm static fermentations on skins for ten to fourteen days at 22�C No roto-fermenters used, preferring the tannin structure that results from an aerobic fermentation. Gentle pressing on skins using airbag press, followed by malolactic fermentations in barrel. The wines turn black as midnight as soon as they are crushed, and show an amazing tannin structure and varietal definition in the fermentations right from the word go. Matured fourteen months in a combination of new and prior use American and French oak. Alcohol 15.0%
Sump oil black in colour. Full on scents of rich dark cooking chocolate that has just been melted in the pot, combined with a scrumptious Christmas pudding. Rich and intense, chocolate flavours will have you reaching for more than a glass and a half. Blackberries and blue , Rockbare finishes long and smooth, with a subtle licorice aftertaste, suitably attired alongside a smartly dressed lamb.