Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2016
Arguably Australia’s leading cult Shiraz. Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2015 is a classic worth seeking out and cellaring.
Deep garnet colour. Opens with an earthy nose that broadens to include underlying notes of espresso, dark chocolate, nuts and a hint of blackberry preserve. The medium-bodied palate has a firm structure, chewy tannins and a crisp acidity. Impressive length too. All of this supports a ripe concentration of red berry fruit, earthy and mocha flavours that close with a pleasant muscular fruit and dried herb finish.
100% Shiraz. Made from specially selected small parcels of old, dry-grown Barossa Shiraz from nearly 30 of the Barossa’s finest grape growing families. The vineyards are in different sub-regions throughout the Barossa, which adds to the complexity and depth of the final blend. The wine is handmade using equipment from the turn of the last century. It then ages in seasoned American and French oak casks for 2 years.
Fun fact: The 2015 Rockford Basket Press follows on from the heavily lauded 2014 vintage, which won James Halliday’s Best Shiraz of The Year award with 99 points. Those in the know understand that the 2015 vintage in the Barossa was a stunner. It’s likely that the 2015 Rockford Basket Press is even better than the 2014, if such a thing is possible!
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Nearly 30 parcels of old, dry-grown fruit from some of the finest grape-growing families in the Barossa. Open-fermented and matured in American and French oak for nearly 2 years. Deep colour; arguably the Barossa’s most emblematic shiraz, faithfully reflecting the best features of a seamless assembly of district flavours picked at precisely the right time. This is fruit talking, not alcohol, not oak, not rough tannins. Drink to 2055.
Aromas of coal, tar and crushed blackberries with dark chocolate as well. Full-bodied and very soft-tannined. Plenty of flavor at the finish. So balanced and pretty now. Drink or hold.”