Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2017
Rockford Winery established and dating back to the 1850’s is an artisanal producer employing traditional techniques to assemble one of the nation’s most singularly commanding wines. There are 30 odd parcels of the best dry grown old vine Shiraz, some of which were planted in the nineteenth century, from a select group of growers, operating vineyards in the Barossa, Kalimna and Ebenezer, Moppa Springs and the Eden Valley, are treated to an ancient basket press followed by vinfication in old fashioned open fermentation vessels.
The batches are matured in a selection of mostly well seasoned French and American oak barrels, before a rigorous selection to determine the final assemblage. Deeply coloured wine. A dense bouquet of aromatic dark fruits and berries with a twist of spice before the most engaging palate of reductions, power and richness over background oak and complex spice.
Wine Maker and Proprietor Robert O’Callahan – ” Black Shiraz is the sort of stuff I was weaned on. Uniquely Australian, it’s loaded with rich ripe fruit flavour and very fine tannin – it’s a big old fashioned red that will put a smile on the faces of all those who drink it – but the biggest smiles will belong to those who are patient enough to put it away in the cellar for 10 years”
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5 Star Winery – 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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