Duke's Vineyard

Vintage Sparkling Shiraz 2017

Sparkling Shiraz is a tradition in Australia on Christmas Day. Bought this at Dukes Cellar Door 2 days ago. Very different to Barossa Sparkling like Rockford Black which, while good is much sweeter. This was savoury earthy and minerally - quite dark in colour. A great accompaniment to Turkey and Ham. — 3 years ago

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Norman Gennaro

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Really like the Rockford so if there is a way to get any of these in the states let me know please!!!
Bob McDonald

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@Norman Gennaro Is the Rockford Basket Press Shiraz available in the USA? If so at least you could contact the importer in the States and ask them. I suspect it would be a small production in any event of the sparkling. Good luck.


Frugal Farmer Grenache Blend

Lam S

Blackberries and venila aroma. Medium body with considerable smooth tannin and bit of acidity. — 4 years ago

Head Wines

The Blonde Stone Well Shiraz 2015

Ogier's Cote Rotie seems to come to mind when I tasted this. Riper of course, but still showing elegance. Bright with just the right amount of oak, silky tannins. Impressive Barossa shiraz - will need to try a bottle to confirm.

Note: Gary Walsh awarded this 95 points suggesting that this release reminded him, “of how Rockford Basket Press used to taste.”
— 5 years ago

Dry Creek Vineyard

Wilson Ranch Dry Chenin Blanc

First fancy night out in Rockford with Kate — 3 years ago


Cane Cut Sémillon 2010

Another absolutely delicious drop — 4 years ago

Barefoot Cellars

Limited Edition Winter Blend


Barefoot Winter Blend-Limited Seasonal
Blackberry & Vanilla smooth drinking with every food or nothing. Pinot Noir only other Barefoot I'll drink!
W/Lark @ Molly's Liquor Open house in Rockford.
We both really liked! 13.5%
We both liked this seasonal blend!
— 5 years ago


Barossa Valley Alicante Bouchet Rosé

Surprisingly lovely and not too sweet. — 6 years ago

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Riesling 2001

Opened about 6/7 bottles in a night
They went from badly corked to a marvelous gracely aged riesling
From lime peel , caramelised lemon to ginger, nutmeg or even hints of curry
A bunch of selected mixed herbs was there too: from sage to Thai mint, and so much more that I made a beautiful looking paint(in my mind at least)
Never too sweet and reasonably long aftertaste, which replicates the above notes again
— 3 years ago

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Pressings Shiraz 2005

Delicious. Fruity, powerful, tannin-y — 4 years ago

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Torbreck Vintners

Descendant Barossa Valley Shiraz Viognier 2005

David T

On the nose, boysenberries, olallieberries, blueberries, blackberries, baking spices, dry powdery soils, dry stems, bramble and bright, fresh, fragrant purple florals. The palate is warm, lush, round and elegant. Tannins 65% resolved. It's still fairly big and very fresh. Palate fruits are; boysenberries, olallieberries, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries and raspberries haunting the background. Lifting warm spices, black pepper, black licorice, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, dry crushed rocks, volcanic minerals with liqueur notes settling in at the mid point to the long finish. Dry stones, dry straw, tarry notes, violets, purple florals and palate raining acidity. The finish is long with good balance of fruit & earth. There's still nice tension, length and structure. The 05 still has another 7-10 years of good drinking ahead. As great as it was to be at the property tasting their new releases, it's a pleasure to enjoy one of their well aged wines back in the states. Photos of; the view from the new estate (love that red Barossa soil), tasting bar, Andrew Tierney, Torbreck International Sales Ambassador who hosted our visit(left) and Owner, David Powell (right). Producer history and notes...Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. Before founding Torbreck, he worked for Robert O'Callaghan at Rockford Wines in the Barossa Valley. Rockford is an historic old winery and they love old historic wine relics...all you have to do is walk the property. In trying to start his own label, David lacked the funds to buy grapes outright. So, David began to share-farm a vineyard, a practice which involves working without pay until the grapes are sold, at which time the owner is paid a percentage of the market rate for his grapes and the share-farmer keeps the grapes for their own use. The share-farming principle or as we call it, sweat equity. This enabled Torbreck to obtain fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, while giving David Powell experience working in the vineyard and winery. In 1995 Powell crushed and fermented his grapes in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property; which continues to be home to the winery. The winery was named "Torbreck" after the forest in Scotland where Powell worked as a lumberjack. The first wine made under the Torbreck label was the 1995 RunRig. When it was released in 1997, Parker gave it a score of 95; which went a long way in launching Torbreck Vintners. Lisa, now Managing Editor at raised that score to 98 in 2010. In late 2002, Torbreck was placed into receivership due to financial pressures on Powell from a divorce settlement. Torbreck was purchased by Australian businessman Jack Cowin for 6.5 million Australian dollars with Powell retained as winemaker and managing director. In 2008 Powell reacquired the estate in partnership with Peter Kight, the owner of Quivira Winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley in California. Torbreck produces around 70,000 cases of wine per year, depending on vintage conditions. 6.5 million Australian dollars is not a lot of money in today's environment...actually quite a deal. They had just completed their new facilities as shown in the photos two weeks prior to our visit in April. If you haven't had their wines, their lower price wines are very good at great values. Torbreck makes everything up to their high end RunRig at $300 plus a bottle with lots of quality wines in between that are really quite good and value priced vs. the rest of international market. — 5 years ago

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Sofia Jalilie

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Takes me right back 🍷🤙🏽


@David T thanks for this great post. Finally something I can follow without getting lost in "chateau" 100 times 😜

My next job should be as a share-farmer!
David T

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@TheSkip Thanks! Cheers...🍷