Rockford Rod & Spur Cabernet Shiraz 2011

The poor 2011 vintage seems to have detoured around Rockford’s vineyards with this new release too. ┬áThe 2011 Rod & Spur is a blend of 54% cabernet and 46% shiraz from the Barossa Valley, and has aromatics that remind initially of wet bouquet garni and charred wood, before settling to reveal pepper, spice and plum in even proportions. ┬áThe palate sees light tannins and flavours reminding of plum, cedar, pepper and spice, improving with air. ┬áThere is a harmony on the finish, which is relatively long. ┬áOverall, this is a balanced and relatively elegant Rod & Spur that will suit drinking now, but may improve further. ┬áDecanting for at least 20 minutes before serving is suggested, as the wine showed noticeable improvement in the glass.

Rating: Good, Abv: 14.5%, Price: $30s, Vendors:, Website:, Tasted: 2014

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