Region: Barossa Valley
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
First Glance: Rich and Soft, Herbs, Structured
"Rifle Range Road which runs parallel to Krondorf Road, starts in the heart of the valley floor and winds its way up the hills to Kaiser Stuhl National Park. The old rifle range is long gone, but the farming land and vineyards that have always been part of the landscape are still there. Because most of our Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards adjacent to Rifle Range Road, it seemed the most appropriate name for this wine which has been part of Rockford since the very beginning."
Although the wine shows typical varietal and regional characteristics, it also has the Rockford philosophy at its core – a rich, soft and full flavoured wine made using traditional winemaking techniques and attitudes. Aging the wine in large, seasoned oak vats (4500 litres) and hogsheads (300 litres) for two years has allowed the wine to consolidate flavours and colour, while softening tannins.
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - 94pts
"Classic RR. Plum, milk chocolate, a rosy perfume, subtle toasty oak, a smattering of dried herb and roast red capsicum. Medium-bodied, supple and charming, with light grainy tannin, some black olive, and an even finish that carries gentle floral perfume, and a clip of drying tannin and salinity. A good release, albeit a little more rugged and savoury than some of them. Very nice."