Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2019
Robert O’Callaghan’s evocative Rockford Basket Press Shiraz is a tribute to the Barossa’s 19th and early 20th-century heritage. Made from grapes sourced from 60 to 140-year-old dry-grown vineyards (most from independent growers) across a range of Barossa soils, altitudes and micro-climates, the wine represents a rare and important post-colonial Australian aesthetic.
Perhaps more than any other wine, Basket Press Shiraz represents the style of wine Rockford makes. 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 are great vineyards. Basket Press Shiraz is made using equipment from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, before aging in seasoned American and French hogsheads for two years and eventually being bottled under the highest quality cork. This approach enables the winery to make the kind of traditional, soft, deeply coloured, earthy Australian red wine that Robert O’Callaghan first became fascinated by as a budding winemaker in the 1960’s.
Rich, dark wine, with some violet perfume, but also a mahogany/walnut sort of thing happening, along with dark chocolate, and toasty oak. It’s full-bodied, has good concentration, and while the tannin is perhaps a little drying, it’s early days for it, of course. Coffee and iodine, silty tannin on finish of good intensity and length. Thick and sure-footed, it’s a good release, though not top shelf. - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front 93 Points
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Shiraz
Country - Australia
Region - Barossa Valley, South Australia
Vintage - 2019
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 14.1%
Closure - Cork