Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I have had doubts at times on both Barossa cabernet sauvignon in general, and Rockford’s Rifle Range cabernet in particular.  Too far from the Bordeaux paradigm, and somewhat rustic.  But a combination of balance, weight and structure suggests to me that they may age very well.  I have no doubts at all however about the 2014 vintage: it is I think the best Rifle Range I have tasted to date as a new release.  In the glass, there are aromas of blackcurrant and olives.  The palate is full bodied, with quite long length and a lovely balanced expression of cabernet sauvignon.  Tasted out of a 375ml bottle, a format I hope to see more of.  (Region: Barossa Valley, Rating: Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now to 2027+, Tasted: May, 2017)

Read more:
www.rockfordwines.com.au

Other vintages reviewed:

Vintage Rating Review
2011
Good to Very Good
2008
Good

Published by Sean Mitchell

Grapeobserver.com is an independent wine journal. Written since 2009, it is authored by Sean Mitchell Dip WSET. On matters of wine, Sean is a current Master of Wine student, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma holder, a certified WSET educator, a past WSET scholarship winner and has written for various other wine related publications.

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