The Rocky Ox gets its name from Scott’s daughter, who was born in the year of the Earth Ox in Chinese Astrology. Dependable, deliberate and non-confrontational are all great Earth Ox traits which can be applied to the wine! This blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro is based on the wines of the Cotes du Rhone region in France, made with no new oak and to be enjoyed young. The Rocky Ox GSM follows this style with 8-10 months maturation in large (500 Litre) old (5-8yo) French oak barrels and bottled at 12 months of age. This wine truly shows the strengths of the McLaren Vale region.
“Attractive aromas here with blood plum, candied orange rind and raspberry liqueur. Old vinous grenache scents! These surge across a rich mid-palate, held close to the chest by the arsenal of Mataro tannins, ferruginous, grippy and bloody. There is clear American Oak influence here, with its bourbon-sappiness, but it all works well in a classical regional vein.” James Halliday