Exceptional Langtons Classification. The Rockford wineworks and apparatus on Krondorf Road at Tanunda date back to the 1850s. The artisanal proprietors employ traditional techniques to assemble one of the nation's most singularly commanding wines. Parcels of the best dry grown old vine Shiraz, some of which were planted in the nineteenth century, from a select cabal of growers, operating vineyards in the Barossa, Kalimna and Ebenezer, Moppa Springs and the Eden Valley, are treated to an ancient basket press followed by vinfication in old fashioned open fermentation vessels.
The batches are matured in a selection of mostly well seasoned French and American oak barrels, before a rigorous selection to determine the final assemblage. Deeply coloured wine. A dense bouquet of aromatic dark fruits and berries with a twist of spice before the most engaging palate of reductions, power and richness over background oak and complex spice.
The 2012 vintage was a winemaker’s dream, everything just fell into place. Each block of fruit ripened perfectly and there was no panic to pick as the weather was sunny and mild. Parcel after parcel of pristine fruit rolled through the winery gate. The quality was outstanding and the cherry on the cake was above average yields. Even when they were only a few weeks old, the new wines showed incredible colour, intensity and a heady aromatic perfume. The winemaking team were quietly excited. The weeks passed and the post-vintage tasting confirmed our enthusiasm for the 2012 vintage as wine after wine showed so much promise. We hadn’t seen this calibre of line-up since the 2010 vintage.
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