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.
2017 Rocky Ox GSM
Youthful red and purple colours in the glass hint at the bright fruit to come. The aroma shows ripe cherry and strawberry with a savoury/meaty note much like a seared rare steak. Some herbs and spice and fresh mint lightly season this complex wine. The palate feels fine, light and fresh with clean flavours and tight, succinct acidity bringing it to a savoury close. Enjoy with Cantonese style fillet steak, pork ribs, fettuccini with porcini and Italian sausage, pizza and Chinese duck dishes. Drink now – 2025
“Complex briary/dark fruit fragrances with hints of spices and light minty notes. Full flavoured ripe berry palate has good complexity, soft tannins and crisp acidity. 5+” WINESTATE MAGAZINE May 2019
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