Rockford `Basket Press` Shiraz 2004 (1 x 750mL) Barossa, SA.

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.

Robert O'Callaghan, Winemaker Proprietor

Overview

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.

Robert O'Callaghan, Winemaker Proprietor

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

A complete Barossa traditional shiraz; moderate alcohol, oak and tannins, yet full of flavour and character. Has taken full advantage of a very good vintage. In its own-branded, high-shouldered brown bottle. 2004 - Rating 96 Drink by 2019 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (JAN/2007)

Winery Tasting Notes

"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."

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