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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
RockBare Shiraz 2009
RockBare Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 115867)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vivid purple with a violet hue. An elegant, lifted nose of bramble and fleshy raspberry with subtle hints of violets, clove and cedar. Succulent mulberry and red currant fruit harmonise with velvety chocolate, mocha and sweet vanillin nuances. Underlying smoked bacon, mint and earthy characters add ethereal complexity and create a lingering finish of soft raspberry liquorice tannins.
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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.