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Rockford Black Sparkling Shiraz

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Rockford Black Sparkling Shiraz

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James Halliday says
One of the best sparkling shirazs available today, and always on strict allocation. This bottle was disgorged in Sept '09, and has immaculate balance in a light- to medium-bodied mode, the spicy black fruits needing minimal dosage.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Jeremy Oliver says
Very refined, elegant and savoury, with a dark, sour-edged presence of blackberries, blueberries, dark plums and briar backed by nuances of dark chocolate, cloves, and cinnamon. There's a lively floral aspect to its perfume, an appealing meaty edge about its fruit. Underpinned by a fine extract of chalky, crunchy tannins, it's long and finely balanced, finishing with a dark note of mineral and a suggestion of mint.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
Tyson Stelzer says
Rockford’s recent disgorgement (August 2012) is a particularly outstanding one. Gone are the gamey, brettanomyces notes that have at times plagued this label in the past. The theme here is all about sweet, plush black plum and blackberry fruits and liquorice, lingering with outstanding persistence through a lively, vibrant and well-defined palate of beautifully integrated, finely poised tannins. Rockford Black at its finest.
Wine Taste Edition 98 2012
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh says
This is matured in seasoned oak for three years before being bottle-fermented and left on lees for another year. It is leathery and beefy toffeed and dark, its super-smooth flavours slipping down with dangerous ease - despite the weight of flavour. It's cakey and blackberried and all those good things, but it's also bright, fresh and full of sweet, soft flavour. The bottle disappeared all too quickly! We'd recommend a longer 'drinking window', but the corks on this wine have a habit of quitting before the wine is nearly done. If you get a good cork it will age for a long time - but better to be safe than sorry.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
95

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