Rockford (Barossa Valley)
❁ Rockford (Barossa Valley) www.rockfordwines.com.au
Robert O’Callaghan Krondorf Road, Tanunda SA 5352
Tel: 08 8563 2720 Fax: 08 8563 3787
Rockford wines still taste like true classics. Having been in the vanguard of the Barossa revival, Rocky O’Callaghan seems to have stayed true to the cause better than most. Commercial expansion to fund a fleet of Ferraris has never been the end goal. As a result the wines can be hard to find but they’ve not been compromised either. Basket Press Shiraz is very concentrated with the essence of old-vine Barossa fruit and should be given time to unfurl (10 years or more). Cabernet Sauvignon is very intense and concentrated too if not overly elegant and needs similar ageing. Ready sooner are Moppa Springs, a very ripe, very flavoursome Grenache-based blend with Shiraz and Mourvèdre, and Rod & Spur (made only since 2000), a savoury, black fruited Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Whites deliver on flavour and character too; Eden Valley Riesling is picked late with plenty of skin contact giving a very full-flavoured example but at the expense of the finesse and other qualities this grape can deliver. The Sparkling Shiraz is one of the most famous examples going but the difficulty in getting hold of it and its cult status-fuelled price mean there’s pain before pleasure.
To find out more about Rockford and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide here..
Or indeed you can check out the Main Guide that is 2250 pages, reviews over 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines here …