RockBare Shiraz 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Midnight black with loads of licorice and dark berry fruit on the nose. Juicy and full-bodied with an amazing collection of ripe berry fruits.
The vintage was outstanding due in part to good winter rainfall and a milder than usual summer with only a few days of extreme temperatures. The result was an excellent, even ripening period.
Aged for 14 months in a combination of French & American oak barrels, the wine is sealed with a screw cap and pairs ideally with lamb, grilled steak and wild mushroom risotto.
"Purple/black in color, the nose reveals scorched earth, smoke, espresso, blueberry, and blackberry. This leads to a full-bodied wine with gobs of black fruit flavors, excellent depth and concentration, and a long, pure finish...It is a superb value"
"Dark purple. Sexy blackberry and boysenberry preserve aromas, with iron, tobacco and vanillin oak accents and an intriguing floral note emerging with air. Fresh dark berry flavors display impressive depth but also good energy thanks to juicy acidity. The oak notes sweeten the finish, which shows very good breadth and length. Easy to drink and not at all outsized."
-International Wine Cellar
Australian Wine Companion - "Medium-bodied, sharing the same finesse and elegance with the other RockBare wines; also has focus and intensity to the blackberry and dark chocolate fruit; fine, persistent tannins; very good length, balance and finish."
The key to understanding the RockBare label is to understand McLaren Vale. This relatively small area of South Australia is well known as a premium grape-growing region, especially of red varietals. 100 percent RockBare’s grapes come from McLaren Vale. Winemaker, Tim Burvill, uses a winemaking process without a lot of handling or manipulation.
Tim gained extensive winemaking experience working at Southcorp, where he was responsible for making one of Australia's most expensive premium Chardonnays, Yattarna. But when Tim created the RockBare label in 2000, he decided to incorporate winemaking techniques that go back a hundred years or more. Using a minimal-filtering or no-filtering approach and very little oak aging, Tim makes wines with complex flavors driven by the fruit.
McLaren Vale has a moderate, Mediterranean-style climate that's ideal for growing super-high quality grapes. Spring and summer days are warm and dry. Nights are cool and breezy. Only slightly above sea level, the vale is characterized by beautiful, rolling hills with deep, rich alluvial soils that tend to be brown and red clays. Since Tim works with a wide array of grape growers, some of the grapes come from old vines and some from new. But all are highly characteristic of the grapes that produce the bright, flavorful and aromatic wines for which McLaren Vale is famous. View all RockBare Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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8 ratings, 8 with reviewsThe Happy Wino - Paso Robles, CA42/15/2009Really a terrific wine that briefly became our house wine (until we finished it all). Bright & spicyelf - San Mateo, CA510/25/2008Am waiting for their next shipment. Will buy 6 bottles then. This is a great cheap wine to go with steak. Luv it!Kevin James - Santa Maria, CA410/21/2008This drinkable wine is a great value and a wine you could easily share with friends with confidence. It's a light smooth blend with gentle fruity notes that pairs well with most any dish.46/22/2008Cherry on the nose. Opens with cigar smoke and finishes with rasberry jam and vanilla undertones. Excellent Win!59/12/2008somehow wine.com was able to sell this GREAT wine at this amazing price! BUY IT BUY THE CASE!! I DID!Ken Pipkin - Plano, TX410/22/2008Who could pass up a 94 rating for $10.00. It did not disappoint.Bill from Colorado - Longmont, CO410/4/2008This Shiraz from McClaren Vale is excellent for the price. Rated 94 by JH and a very good pour from the first sip. Age a year or two and it would be perfect. Ready now.59/19/2008this wine was excellent-one of the best tasting shiraz i have had...
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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