For some it is Penfolds, for others it is Henschke or Torbreck, for me it is Rockford.
If I had to retain only 1 winery in Australia, it could only be Rockford.
I do not like to use the word icon, but for this particular winery I do consider as “the iconic” winery of Australia.
I can already hear people mumbling some “no it’s o true, this or this is better…” Maybe?
When it comes to mention an icon, it is because many factors enter in the equation:
The wine, the site, the terroir, the people, the history.
Hill of Grace, Grange, Runrig, we all know those names. Have you ever heard of the Basket Press?
Probably not, even if you are a wine – freak like me, simply because it is almost impossible to get…
But to me, it is the best shiraz in the country. I wouldn’t say that it is “better” than the other big names of the league, but it is to me simply the best.
Today I wanted to share with you another wine from this estate, the Home Block Cabernet.
Yes they also produce the Rifle Range Cabernet, which is every year a contender for best Cab in the country but that’s another story…
They produce their Home Block Cabernet in the pure tradition of Rockford, and they only make it in Magnums (1.5L).
It’s big, juicy, soft, leathery, smoky. Some would almost say that it is quite “simple” for the calibre of wines that Rockford produces. But it’s not!
Ben Radford has been able to condense all the love, the passion and the traditions of The Rockford history in one big bottle.
And for those who know a little bit about Rockford, it is even more rare to have access to this wine. But we did!
I’ve always been an addict of Margaret River Cab, thinking that unless you’re having a whole piece of meat for family on the BBQ at home, Barossa Valley Cab Sav will always be too big.
But fortunately, our Chef Paul came up with the perfect solution:
Pinnacle Tomahawk Steak (1.3Kg) to be shared of course….
Big, juicy, tender and of course wood fired, do I need to say more?
Romain Bastianel, Sommelier | Steamers Bar and Grill