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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
RockBare Shiraz 2003
RockBare Shiraz 2003
(search item no. 83064)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $13.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The colour is dark red with purple hues. Sweet fruits such as mulberry and blackberry, come together to give a rich fruitcake bouquet, with well-cooked spice and rind. The subtle hints of fine grain French oak, mocha and 'rain on dust' grow in intensity with time in the glass.

The palate is opulent but elegant, viscous and supple. It shows typical McLaren Vale Shiraz juiciness and extreme length. Infinitely fine tannins rise long after swallowing, leaving the drinker with a final blast of dark chocolates and sweet alcohol.

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About RockBare:

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.