Rockford Wines on Krondorf Rd in the Barossa Valley is an exemplar of the very best of Australia's fine wine producers. Since first joining the exclusive Stonewallers Club in 1996, I have always loved being a part of the history of Rockford, and their traditional approach to everything they do.
A genuinely artisanal estate, the wines of Rockford are made with 19th century tech - a belt driven pump, basket presses, slate open fermenters and old oak cask ageing in buildings made from local stone and timber. There is a wonderful step-back-in-time agelessness that brings a calming joy and smile when visiting here.
Rockford have avoided the fashion excesses of high alcohol and oak extract that seduced many Barossa winemakers in the past decade or so, crafting a surprisingly elegant style with freshness and flavour.
We're lucky to have some older vintages of their red wines here at Philglas & Swiggot, but after Justin's recent visit and tasting to their Barossa cellar door, we'll list the gorgeous Semillon (partly aged in old oak vessels) with its texture and lemon curd fleshiness, and may look to add the deeply slurpable Alicante Bouschet rose (9.8% abv) in the coming year too.
These wines are usually only available from cellar door or via the mailing list and so we're thrilled to be one of the few global retailers of these majestic Australian classics. If you have not tried them yet, you really must.
Damien and Justin
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This is an exceptionally strong release for Penfolds and the 2018 vintage is considered a great one in South Australia.