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Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon

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Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A bright and fragrant red bouquet, showing a little crushed leaf complexity and well-handled oak; the palate is focused and linear, with the tannins and acid working seamlessly together for a long and even finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong purple-crimson; an attractive savoury/earthy style of cabernet; fruit, earth, spice and oak aromas and flavours swirl around each other; harmony is the key to a medium-bodied wine that can be enjoyed any time you wish.
Wine Authority 2012
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
93
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Elegant, supple and restrained, with a delicate violet-like fragrance of small black, blue and red berries knit with subtle cedar/vanilla oak. Its long and finely balanced, with bright, red-fruited flavours of berries, plums and cherries underpinned by fine, al dente tannins and cedary oak. It finishes with soft acids and a persistent core of flavour.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; a remarkable example of the Rockford style standing firm in the face of the challenges of the vintage to produce this supple, medium-bodied cabernet, with its flowing blackcurrant fruit flavour and fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
An early-maturing cabernet from a warmer year whose earthy, dusty and cedary aromas of fresh cassis, raspberries, chocolate and briar are restrained but rather jammy. Silky smooth, with almost shiraz-like sweetness and structure of juicy, slightly baked blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and fresh cedar/vanilla oak, it does finish slightly attenuated, with nuances of dried herbs and reflects some under and overripe fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
87
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
The brown, high-waisted, branded bottle is pure Rockford; the restrained use of oak and gentle extraction pays big dividends for this cabernet, its blackcurrant fruits beautifully offset, indeed enhanced, by ripe but fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
An ageing, meaty and chocolatey dry red whose earthy, pruney and currant-like fruit lacks much by way of freshness and brightness. It's rather forward, short and tiring.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
85
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
In archetypal elegant, unfussed Rockford style, with a core of cassis/blackcurrant fruit complexed by savoury nuances that are wholly varietal; oak is a junior partner
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Strong varietal cabernet, but just a little leafy and green on the bouquet; quite long and supple on the finish, and the tannins refreshing. Cork.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Very rustic, old-fashioned and farmyard-like, with an ageing appearance and meaty, earthy and leathery development. Beneath its bouquet of cigar boxes and chocolates lies a hint of Bandaid. Smooth and polished, its palate of soft mulberry and red berry fruit and earthy complexity overlies restrained cedary oak and greenish undertones. Its finish lacks distinction and definition.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
86
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Great colour and hue; this is a quite beautiful expression of cabernet sauvignon in the Barossa Valley; great purity of line and fruit flavour; blackcurrant and cassis fruit, with positively silky tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A sumptuous, firm and astringent cabernet whose deep, slightly stewed and jammy flavours of dark currants, plums and prunes deliver plenty of ripe juiciness in the middle of the palate, but dry out marginally towards the finish. Framed by loose-knit tannins, it's actually quite spicy, but finishes with a hint of sweetness. Slightly overcooked given the nature of this vintage.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; fresh and lively cassis and blackcurrant fruit is a particularly good outcome for a difficult cabernet year.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A surprisingly rich and concentrated cabernet from a very difficult season for this variety. Its lightly herbal, violet-like aromas of small black and red berries are backed by restrained vanilla/cedary oak with reductive, meaty undertones. Smooth and juicy, framed by velvet tannins, its lively expression of vibrant blackberries, dark plums and sweet cedary oak long and persistent, without a sign of over-ripeness or stress.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Lively, juicy cassis berry fruit; medium-bodied; not extractive, and gentle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Lightly herbal but long, balanced and harmoniously structured this fragrant and earthy cabernet has a restrained bouquet of plums and small dark berries over chocolate-like undertones of sweet polished leather. Smooth and generous, its long and creamy palate of delightfully vibrant fruit overlies sweet, cedar/vanilla oak influences and fine-grained kernel-like tannins. Almost like a pretty ethereal merlot possibly lacking the genuine tightness and focus of top notch cabernet. Not a bad drink all the same.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
91
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Long, well-made cabernet from a challenging hot season, delivering plenty of intense small berry and plum-like flavours, balance and harmony. Its slightly jammy aromas of plums and cassis deliver some minty/eucalypt complexity, with nuances of cedary/vanilla oak, bitumen and currants. It's firm and tightly focused, but remains fresh and lively with a finish of vibrant acidity and fine-grained, firm tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
90

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