Rockcliffe

image001The Rockcliffe winery is based in the Great Southern wine producing area in Western Australia. The Great Southern is the largest wine producing region by area in Australia. The region has a range of climates from cool/warm/wet in the South where it is influenced by the Southern Ocean and hot and dry in the north. The area produces excellent quality whites (Chardonnay Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc) and Pinot Noir in the South. Whereas in the north, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon excel!

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Location of the Great Southern Wine Region and “Rockcliffe Winery” in Southern West Australia.

“Rockcliffe” was named after the stretch of 100m high granite rock cliffs that dominate the eastern end of Denmark’s main bay. The same granite lies beneath the vineyard and gives distinctive characteristics to the wine.

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Ocean Beach, Denmark with the “Rockcliffes” in the Background

The origin of Rockcliffe was a 70 acre expanse of apple orchards and forest set in the Eden-like paradise of Denmark, West Australia.  Rockcliffe is located close to the Southern Ocean therefore our vineyards produce stunning Chardonnays, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot.

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The beautiful Rockcliffe Vineyard in Denmark Western Australia

In the late 1980’s,  dry grown vines were planted.  In 2002 Dr Steve Hall, a geologist, became the new owner and, under his enthusiastic direction, Rockcliffe underwent major refurbishment.

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Dr Steve Hall, owner of Rockcliffe Wines

In 2007, we commenced building of a modern winery on the property. The winery was ready for the 2008 vintage. This winery is capable of processing 1200 tonnes of grapes per year and is now one of the biggest and most efficient wineries in the Great Southern.

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Rockcliffe Winery
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Rockcliffe Winery
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Rockcliffe restaurant, cellar door and house.
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Rockcliffe Cellar Door

Michael Ng, previously chief winemaker at Forest Hill, joined the team.  Michael brings a history of success, enthusiasm and an extensive range of skills to the winery. Michael comes from Melbourne Victoria, but his parents came from China. Michael is fluent in both Cantonese and English. He studied winemaking and viticulture whilst at University in Melbourne.  He has considerable experience of working in wineries in Australia but he has also completed vintages in Italy, France and Turkey.

Today the Rockcliffe team works everyday to produce some of the best wines from Western Australia.  Rockcliffe focuses on making very high quality wines across our ranges.  The grapes all come from the Great Southern, reds from the hot north and whites and pinot from our own vineyards in the South.  We sell our high quality wines at reasonable prices.

There is an impressive assemblage of winemaking skill and experience in the winery during vintage, the benefits are obvious to see, so is the quality of the Rockcliffe wines.” James Halliday 2016

Wines are currently exported to China, Canada and Malaysia.

Rockcliffe winery produces three different ranges of wine, Single Site, Third Reef and Quarram rocks  under its name (James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017 points and comments in brackets).

“Over the years, Rockcliffe has won more than it’s fair share of trophies, gold and silver medals in wine shows” James Halliday Wine Companion 2017.

Single Site (Very high quality single vineyard wines for the discerning wine drinker):

  1. Shiraz (96 points “Has impeccable length and balance, and will richly reward patience”)
  2. Pinot Noir (97 points, “It is great now but will be superb in a few years”)
  3. Chardonnay (97 points “you want to rise from your chair to salute the wine”)
  4. Riesling (94 points “It’s flavours are essentially open and ready to be tucked into”)
  5. Cabernet Sauvignon (94 points “the tannins are plentiful but soft”)

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Third Reef (Tier 2 wines for high quality restaurants and hotels):-

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon (95 points “A brilliant example of how good this variety can be this region”).
  2. Shiraz (95 points “…truly delicious black and red cherry fruits, cedary French oak adding a burnish to the mosaic”)
  3. Pinot Noir (94 points “Immediately appealing, the aromas of cherry jam blue plums….jumping from the glass”)
  4. Chardonnay (93 points)
  5. Riesling (91 points)
  6. Dry Rose (Not yet submitted for awards).
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“Third Reef” is named after a surfing locality at the base of the “Rockcliffes” at Ocean Beach.

Quarram Rocks (Tier 3 wines for high quality liquor stores and house pouring in restaurants):-

  1. Shiraz Cabernet (94 points “ A bold, rich and complex blend…the price is embarrassingly low”)
  2. Sauvignon Bland Semillon (92 points)
  3. Sweet Rose (Not submitted for awards)
image023Quarram Rocks near Denmark

Since the winery was first operational on 2008, Rockcliffe has won many awards:-

  1. Every year since the winery became operational, Rockcliffe has been recognised as a 5 star winery by James Halliday in his Australian Wine Companion.
  1. “Most improved winery Award” West Australian Wine Guide 2014.

SINGLE SITE SERIES
Rockcliffe Single Site Riesling 2014
94 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
95 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion tasting note November 2014
Silver | Wine Show Case 2014
95 Points | WA Wine Gude 2015
 
Rockcliffe Single Site Riesling 2015
Silver | Qantas  Wine Show of Western Australia 2015
Silver | Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2015
Silver | Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2015
 
Rockliffe Single Site Chardonnay 2013
96 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
96 Points | The Wine Companion 2015
93 Points | The Wine Front
94 Points |West Australian Wine Guide 2015
Gold Medal | Australian Wine Show Case July Tasting 2014
Gold Medal | WA Boutique Wine Awards 2014
 
Rockcliffe Single Site Pinot Noir 2014
94 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
4 ½ stars |  Winestate Pinot Noir tasting  2015
Silver | Perth Royal Wine Show 2015
Gold | Qantas  Wine Show of Western Australia 2015
 
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Rockcliffe Single Site Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
95 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
94 Points | The Wine Companion 2015
94 Points | The Wine Front
95 Points | West Australian Wine Guide 2015
Gold Medal | Australian Wine Show Case July Tasting 2014
 
Rockcliffe Single Site Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Silver | Huon Hooke August 2015
Gold | 6 Nations 2015 Wine Challenge 2015
Silver | Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2015
4 ½ Stars|Winestate Cabernet tasting and finalist in Wine of the year 2016
 
Rockcliffe Single Site Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
4 ½ Stars|Winestate Cabernet tasting and finalist in Wine of the year 2016
 
Rockcliffe Single Site Shiraz 2012
97 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
95 Points | West Australian Wine Guide 2015
 
Rockcliffe Single Site Shiraz 2013
96 Points| Wine Companion Tasting Note Feb 2016
 
Rockcliffe Single Site Shiraz 2014
4 ½ Stars|Winestate Shiraz tasting and finalist in Wine of the year 2016
 
THIRD REEF SERIES
Third Reef Riesling 2015
Silver | Qantas  Wine Show of Western Australia 2015
 
Third Reef Chardonnay 2013
95 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
Gold Medal |WA Boutique Wine Show 2014
Silver | Huon Hooke August 2015
 
Third Reef Pinot Noir 2014
94 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
Silver | Huon Hooke August 2015
Silver | Qantas  Wine Show of Western Australia 2015
 
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Third Reef Shiraz 2013
94 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
Silver | Qantas  Wine Show of Western Australia 2015
 
Third Reef Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
95 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
 
Third Reef Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
4 ½ Stars|Winestate Cabernet tasting and finalist in Wine of the year 2016
 
QUARRAM ROCKS SERIES
Quarram Rocks Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014
4 ½ Stars + equal top in category | Winestate Best of the West Tasting 2015
Nominated wine of the year finalist | Winestate 2015
91 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
 
Quarram Rocks Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015
 
Quarram Rocks Cabernet Shiraz 2012
94 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
 
Quarram Rocks Cabernet Shiraz 2013
Trophy Red Wine Blends | Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers Awards 2015
Trophy Classic Australian Blend | Winewise Small Vignerons Awards 2015
92 Points | The Wine Companion 2016
Gold | Australian Cool Climate Wine Show
Silver | Qantas  Wine Show of Western Australia 2015
Quarram Rocks Shiraz Cabernet 2014
94 Points | The Wine Companion tasting note May 2016
Contact:
Dr Steve Hall
steve@rockcliffe.cm.au
Mobile:
+61419848195 (Australia)
+60172267652 (Malaysia)