The quality and style of this remarkable wine are jealously guarded by Rockford. It really is sheer pleasure to drink, complex yet harmonious, long and balanced. The problem is if you are not on the mailing list you are not going to be able to buy it. (Note: You can buy it at Marquis!)
Score: 96 points -- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion, 2019
Our Sparkling Black Shiraz uses the time-honoured method of ageing quality Shiraz in oak casks for many years prior to blending and bottle fermentation. The result is softness, depth and complex flavours that are impossible to duplicate in young wines. Although this wine can be enjoyed with many different foods, a small band of appreciators tell us it is best enjoyed to kick off celebrations on Christmas morning! Black Shiraz ensures that this very Australian wine, nurtured by generations of winemakers, is never lost.
Rockford is a small boutique wine producer based in South Australia's Barossa Valley. Founder and winemaker, Robert O'Callaghan belongs to a genre of visionary winemakers that include Max Schubert, Peter Lehmann, Jeffrey Grosset, Brian Croser and David Hohnen. His protégés include Chris Ringland and Dave Powell. Rockford wines have had a profound influence on winemaking philosophy and wine style in the Barossa. Providing the inspiration for a whole generation of winemakers 'the Rockford school' embraces the inherent qualities of old vine Shiraz: the physicality of winemaking where muscle and personal touch transform process into an art-form; the traditional tools of trade (basket press, open fermenter) and the complementary nuances of American and French oak maturation. Best known for their Basket Press Shiraz, Rockford also produces a handful of top-quality wines from old vine fruit sourced from selected growers across the Barossa Valley.