Delicious appealing blend of shiraz and cabernet. IT’s supple and fleshy with a medium weight that creates such a smooth elegance through the palate Lots of ripe fruit characters with blackcurrant and spicy plum influences. Nice wine in the medium term.
A light bodied and quite delicate chardonnay with a beautiful opening fragrance. Stone fruit and light citrus aromas dominate with a waft of cashew and brioche. The palate is textured with a creamy middle. The acid tightens the screws on the finish to keep it focused.
Stunning chardonnay capturing so much of this cooler region. Fragrant and highly perfumed scents of citrus and lemon blossom with subtle roasted cashew and classic nectarine. The palate displays a purity of expression with the oak and fruit harmoniously woven into a long sustained penetrating finish. A little vanilla pod adds a subtle dimension.
A compelling mix of savoury fruit and spices on the nose. This is a terrific well-presented wine showing deep fruit intensity of medium body. The oak and tannins sit comfortably within the succulent palate that extends easily to a long finish.
The cabernets from this excellent small producer from Denmark have really hit their straps in the last years. This is another cracker displaying all that plush generosity of this region but held with a focus and structure by the excellent tannin an oak management. Leafy red fruits with a trace of cedar and you have a pretty good wine.
Rockcliffe Third Reef Riesling 2014 ($28)
A more floral and zesty citrus Riesling than the Single Site version. It’s a wine that is better in the short term with its lively fresh acidity prolonging the flavoursome intense palate. Nice touches of citrus with a little lime zest edge. Extra year has turned this into a pretty exciting wine.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Rockcliffe Single Site chardonnay 2014 ($45)
Wow, there’s lots of good things happening in this outstanding cool climate chardonnay. Stone fruit and creamy brioche and cashew hit immediately on the nose. It’s a compelling start. Into the palate the tightly framed power takes over with a deep intensity and drive through to a long, minerally finish. Excellent use of barrel fermentation.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 7 years
Rockcliffe Single Site pinot noir 2014 ($45)
Really impressive pinot from this vastly improved producer really starting to show its stuff now. Lively sour cherry notes on the nose with some rather appealing savoury and slightly toasty oak influences. It’s lighter bodied but it also has excellent structure creating a focused, persistent palate. Spicy sweet fruit on the finish.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 7 years
Rockcliffe Single Site shiraz 2013 ($45)
This is sourced from Frankland River. Wow. The colour is so deep. Almost black with hints of magenta on the edges. The palate is so dense and concentrated yet with a remarkable deft lift and subtle elegance. There’s an earthy gravelly character in there and the grainy tannins and well-applied oak all add up to an impressive wine with some serious cellaring potential.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 12 years
Rockcliffe Single Site cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($45)
Rockcliffe sources this outstanding cabernet from Mount Barker. In short, it’s a cracker. Loaded with powerful fruit yet delivered with the elegant ease that stamps wines from this region. It’s a generous wine with a lovely light perfume and a palate that brings everything into a precise focus – deep concentrated fruit, chalky tannins and fine grained oak.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 18 years
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