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2014 RockBare Barossa Babe Shiraz McLaren Vale Shiraz

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Winemaker at Rockbare, Tim Burvill, is a committed fan of the McLaren Vale but when he sees a plot of land with Shiraz too good to pass up, he jumps on it, regardless of the region. The fruit for this wine comes from vines that are over a century old. And what a babe she is, with shapely curves and a come hither nose. She’s a seductress too with lots of primary Shiraz fruit and hints of earth, subtle charry oak and a spicy edge. The palate is broad but balanced with many layers of attraction.

Winemaker's Notes

Vinification: Cold soaked for 3 days. Allowed to warm and start fermenting naturally before inoculating over the top halfway through ferment. Fermented in open fermenters on skins for 10 – 14 days at 18- 22˚C. Gentle pressing off skins using airbag press. Malolactic fermentation and maturation in oak for 24 months.

Colour: Inky black with a garnet hue.

Nose: Blackberries and plum skin aromas, typical of a Barossa Shiraz, with an unusual hint of blueberry in there too. Fragrantly supported by baking spices, black olive, dark chocolate and graphite.

Palate: A medium-bodied wine, but still with distinctive power and concentration of refined primary fruits. Fantastic lively & textural tannins, supporting the fruit, right through to the finish.

Food match: Well suited to a rare roasted saddle of venison, or try with a premium cut of rare dry aged beef. Also compliments a good vintage cheddar.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

2014 RockBare Barossa Babe Shiraz McLaren Vale Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Good red-purple; the cork had a major crease line down one side, with wine traveling over the top of the cork, but there is such of volume of rich, supple black fruits, the wine may well rise above this challenge. It spent 24 months in new French oak; the tannins are ripe and velvety, and the picture of Babe on the back label is a portrait of the wine, every bit as much as of Babe.
To 2024
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; better than many Barossa Valley Shirazs from this vintage; while the wine is distinctly savoury, it is not tough; oak has made a positive contribution without going over the top, and the overall structure is good.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Slightly hazy colour, although the hue is good; the wine has the power and concentration the alcohol would suggest, but why needed in the '06 vintage? The alcohol and the cork suggest export to the US, but the back label image would have no chance of approval by the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms).
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Retains good hue, mainly crimson; has excellent intensity and length, the sheer depth of the black fruits carrying the alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Very rich, full-bodied, sweet blackberry and dark chocolate fruit; just a little too sweet/confit/jammy, the vintage no doubt a contributing factor.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91

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