Rockford Basket Press Barossa Valley Shiraz 1999 (Single bottle)

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96 Points - Jeremy Oliver
"Marvellous ripe and luscious, but superbly measured shiraz, steeped in heady aromas of briary small red and black berry fruit and enhanced by a measured maturation in smoky chocolate/vanilla oak. A velvet-smooth and creamy palate presents layer upon layer of ripe cassis, plum and red berry fruit, punctuated by the musky white pepper and licorice flavours of old Barossa vines. Beautifully balanced, and not a dead grape in sight."


  • The shiraz fruit used to make Rockford Basket Press is sourced from local growers, much of the fruit comes from very old and some of the best dry grown, "old vine" vineyards in the Barossa Valley and its sub-regions such as Kalimna, Ebenezer and the Eden Valley. Some of these vines are between 60 and 135+ years of age and they produce fruit that is big and bold in colour, it has power and great richness.

    Vintage: 1999
    Varietal: Shiraz
    Appellation: Barossa Valley, SA
    Alcohol: 14.5%
  • 96 Points - Jeremy Oliver
    "Marvellous ripe and luscious, but superbly measured shiraz, steeped in heady aromas of briary small red and black berry fruit and enhanced by a measured maturation in smoky chocolate/vanilla oak. A velvet-smooth and creamy palate presents layer upon layer of ripe cassis, plum and red berry fruit, punctuated by the musky white pepper and licorice flavours of old Barossa vines. Beautifully balanced, and not a dead grape in sight."

    "Robert O’Callaghan is the very modest owner and winemaker of Rockford Wines in the Barossa Valley. One of the most respected boutique wineries in Australia, Rockford produces the Basket Press Shiraz (first vintage 1984) and the Black Shiraz, a sparkling red that is almost black in colour. In the l970s when wineries were updating their equipment, Robert bought and restored buildings from the 1850's and old winemaking machinery so that he could make his wines using both traditional winemaking techniques and equipment - his only concession to the latter half of the twentieth century is refrigeration and some new forms of yeast. The Shiraz fruit is sourced from local growers – many of the best dry-grown old vine Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa – including around Kalimna, Ebenezer, the Eden Valley and Central Barossa. The vines are between 60 and 136 years old giving fruit of tremendous colour, power and richness."- www.rareaustralianwine.com