The poor 2011 vintage seems to have detoured around Rockford’s vineyards with this new release too. The 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. The palate sees light tannins and flavours reminding of plum, cedar, pepper and spice, improving with air. There is a harmony on the finish, which is relatively long. Overall, this is a balanced and relatively elegant Rod & Spur that will suit drinking now, but may improve further. Decanting for at least 20 minutes before serving is suggested, as the wine showed noticeable improvement in the glass.