"Good bottles of this will mature for a good long time - the cork is likely to fail long before the wine has. This release is a particularly good one. Rockford Black Shiraz is matured in seasoned oak for three years before being bottle fermented and left on lees for another year.
Within the style of dark, Barossan, sweetly-fruited sparkling shiraz, this is up with the best of them. It’s leathery and beefy, toffeed and dark, its super-smooth flavours slipping down with dangerous ease - despite the weight of flavour. This bottle disappeared all-too-fast. It’s cakey and blackberried and all those good things, but it’s also bright and fresh and full of sweet, soft flavour. You can easily keep it for longer than the drinking window suggests - depending on your faith in cork. Rated : 95 Points Alcohol : 13.5% Drink : 2008 - 2012"
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 6 November 2008