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2014 Rockford Basket Press Barossa Valley Shiraz

Barossa Valley

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Our Price: $189.99 / bottle (RRP: $0.01 ) Case: 1 x 750ml

'Its balance, mouthfeel and silky purple and black fruits are perfect.'
99 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion

  • An iconic Barossan Shiraz, this is such a charismatic wine. The story here is all about the relationship between old school Barossa grapegrowers and suitably old school Barossan winemaking. The net result is a hearty, worthy, full flavoured of charm and depth. Icon wine indeed.

    Basket Press, in our minds, always outperforms in the vintages where people least expect it, and 2014 is the perfect example of this. With some of the finest growers in the entire region on hand, and over 25 years of winemaking pedigree, this is an astonishing, rollicking release. It personifies the classics: the Carey Grant of the wine world, if you will. Dapper, yet imperfect, resonant and assured, it nails every nuance and detail and leaves the audience feeling a sense of comfort and familiarity. This is the epitome of cult wine, and one of the most outstanding vintages yet. 


    Robert O'Callaghan's Rockford Basket Press Shiraz encapsulates traditional and contemporary winemaking philosophies and embraces the inherent qualities of old vine Shiraz. Robert was early to recognise the future of regional definition, the importance of heritage and the conservation of both physical and viticultural resources. His commitment to labour-intensive techniques for the sake of going the extra mile in quality makes Rockford Basket Press the quintessential hand-made wine. The fruit, from vines that are up to 130 years old, is sourced from local growers in the Barossa.

    Rockford Basket Press Shiraz has been produced every vintage since its inaugural release in 1984. More than any other wine Basket Press Shiraz represents what Rockford is all about.

    It has much in common with other handcrafted quality produce in that it draws heavily on the wisdom and shared knowledge of previous generations of Australian winemakers and recognises that at the heart of every great wine is a great vineyard.

    The wine was matured in wood for the full two years as with previous vintages. Basket Press Shiraz, although still an infant, is displaying the concentration of flavor for which the wine is renowned.


    'Quintessential Basket Press, bowing to no passing fad or fancy, the high-shouldered, brown glass bottle with Rockford Wines embossed on its base and the distinctive label that will never change because it's so perfect. It's a manifestation of the wine it contains, always very good, this vintage outstanding. I taste well over 5000 wines per year for the Wine Companion, and am never tempted to swallow during a day-long tasting session - well, this wine was the exception to prove the rule. Its balance, mouthfeel and silky purple and black fruits are perfect.'
    99 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion

    "Rockford can only be described as an icon, no matter how overused that word may be. It has a devoted band of customers who buy most of the wine through the cellar door or mail order (Rocky O'Callaghan's entrancing annual newsletter is like no other). Some wine is sold through restaurants, and there are two retailers in Sydney, and one each in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Whether they will have the Basket Press Shiraz available is another matter; it is as scarce as Henschke Hill of Grace (but less expensive)." 

    James Halliday

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