WINE MAKING WITHOUT FRONTIERS
In late 2000, while walking along the beach one stormy spring day, with the dark clouds rolling in over the rising swells of the Gulf of St. Vincent, we sort refuge under the bare rock on the wild foreshores of Port Willunga, McLaren Vale. The name RockBare emerged. This name was soon transformed into reality and so began our journey with the amazingly rich, powerful and “gutsy”, RockBare McLaren Vale Shiraz.
We then ventured to the Barossa Valley a year later to create the now iconic Barossa Babe Shiraz, starting on an adventure for wines that are challenging new frontiers. Fixated on making wines that showcase the best of what South Australia has to offer. Something our winemaker Marty O’Flaherty lives by in creating our new wines from the Clare Valley, Coonawarra and beyond.
RockBare - wine making without the constraints of one vineyard or varietal.
hear from our very own Winemaker
A Winemaker with a difference
Winemaker Marty O'Flaherty started his career a little differently to most winemakers. He was a qualified chef in a past life, starring as sous chef for the flamboyant Stefano in Mildura for 5 years. His vine-change happened in 1999, when his love of food sparked a deep passion for wine and he found himself at Zilzie completing his internship. Marty's resounding philosophy is "wine should tell a story about the terroir in which it's grown, needing lots of love but minimal handling by allowing the growers to do what they do best."
This philosophy has stood him in good stead, with RockBare 2009 Shiraz being awarded best shiraz in McLaren Vale, no easy feat. A European flair can be detected in Marty's wines, developed from vintages in Barolo, Italy. Pop a cork and get him started on his travel yarns, more than one bottle will be emptied that evening.