2000 Rockford "Moppa Springs" Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley South Australia (Previously $40)

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90 points Wine Enthusiast and listed for $40: "Sweet red berry and plum aromas on the nose are forward and ripe. On the palate, it's a medium-sized wine with fine tannins and an attractive, chocolate-and-mocha finish." Wow, what a wine! From one of the legendary wineries of Australia, the Moppa Springs is a blend of 67% Grenache, 23% Shiraz and 10% Mataro that fuses a kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors that just keeps bringing waves of intrigue. The time in bottle has brought lovely secondary notes of cedar, sandlewood, Asian spices, toffee, dark plum, cherry, dusty raspberry, leather and earth.There is fine acidity and balance with with a complex long finish.I tasted the wine over an 8-hour period without it ever losing fruit or interest. This is a great opportunity to taste a fabulous wine with bottle age for a fraction of what it should cost. Don't miss it." (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Australian Wine Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/4/2009  | Send Email
What a deal! This is a great answer to the oversized, super dark, primary Shirazes that we are accustomed to. Nine years has brought a redwood-like mellowness to this rather understated, laid back red, and I found it to be full of intrigue and complexity. This wine is a sharp contrast to the obnoxious, high alcohol syrups that the critics love from this part of the world. Try it out - why not at more than 50% off?
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 2012

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/25/2009  | Send Email
This is a real rarity to be able to have some older Aussie bottles, not to mention affordable ones. When this wine comes in it should be real treat for those who prefer a bit of bottle age. There are gobs of tangy fruit and heavy secondary flavors of the leathery, smokey style - almost Rhone-like. When I tasted the bottle in the back, I thought someone had taken it out of their locker for us to try. Never did I think it would be available for us to acually carry and sell. Enjoy!

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14