Had this at dinner @ Sean’s Kitchen (http://www.seanskitchen.com.au/) on Tuesday. http://www.winewithoutbs.com.au/ chose this Rockford Shiraz and I got to say it is honestly One of the Best Shiraz wines I’ve tried! Absolutely delicious velvety flavour, plush plums, soft but significant tannin. Length was spectacular. I would have guessed this wine to be slightly older in age but I guess the well-rounded body comes from the Barossa old vines. Delish!!
Before dinner I also tried an 06 Shiraz which was too young and underdeveloped; the “sommelier’s choice” Riesling which was very aromatic and sweet; and an 08 Amisfield Rose from Central Otago (NZ) which I was impressed by as I hadn’t really enjoyed Rose wines – it had good body and aroma and sat very nicely in the mouth, however I’d still stick with my red wines.
Regarding the restaurant itself there was a funky lounge area with big leather chairs w armrests printed/painted with high contrast colourful art, a little like Ed Hardy’s style of vintage colourful tattoo style clothing. Food was good, reasonably priced. Started w Crab leg w Melted butter and Lemon, only about $12 and tasty moderate sized starter (which I refused to have a white wine with, as the Rockford Shiraz was So delish! and in my opinion the butter can help to separate the light taste of crab w shiraz anyway). Main was Pork w Pear, celeriac mash (or something similar) and Jus – Pork was cooked well and hadn’t lost any moisture. Sides were Almond Butter Broccolini (cooked well, crisp) and Duck Fat chips (couldn’t notice the duck fat, but chips were ok). Dessert was their Cheese selection w Truffle Honey, Walnut Quince, Raisin/nut type thinly sliced toast and crackers – I really enjoyed the aged Goat’s cheese, and Truffle Honey which I hadn’t tried before! I got to see how to make Truffle Honey as the deep fungi-type flavour from the truffle went splendid with any cheese.
Anyway back to Rockford Shiraz – Somehow I’ve missed trying this wine before, but Rockford is definitely a bechmark of Australian Shiraz and red wine in itself. Very high quality, traditional, boutique-style wine from what tastes like some of the best old-age vines that Barossa has to offer (which is a lot!). It doesn’t seem like you can see any website from them, and it seems like contacting Rockford is on a very exclusive basis – if you want to buy their wines eg online, you have to contact someone else to contact Rockford. Anyway, very lovely Shiraz that I tried. One of those wines that bring an “experience” with tasting it…