I thought it worth checking in on the development of the ’09 Rockford Rifle Range, which proved a good decision as it was utterly delicious. Stored since purchase, the cork was in very good condition. It opened to aromas of menthol, chocolate and plummy dark fruits. Perhaps more resolutely a Barossa Valley wine than a varietal expression of cabernet sauvignon, the palate has long length and a savoury, sweet fruited edge that meant the bottle disappeared quickly and I wasn’t really too fussed what the grape variety was. Time is proving the Rifle Range to be an outstanding wine. Rating: Outstanding. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $40+.
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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. View more posts