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Rockford `Basket Press` Shiraz 2012 (3x 375ml), Barossa Valley, SA

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Condition: Cellared

Buyers premium: 17.50%

Lot Number: 0007-2472890

Part of Sale: Iconic Aussie Fine Wines – Warm Up Your Winter

GST: Inclusive

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

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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.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Expert Reviews

96 Points. James Halliday - Wine Companion, Aug 2016

A great classic from a great vintage. At the end of the day, it's all about the grapes that come from loyal growers who shook hands with Rocky O'Callaghan many years ago. There are no magic tricks in the winery, just attention to detail.

96 Points. Jeremy Oliver - James Halliday Wine Companion, Feb 2009

Supple and perfectly shaped, this traditional shiraz is deftly balanced and beautifully presented. Its heady bouquet of cassis, blackberries, redcurrants and cedary, faintly chocolatey oak reveals undertones of baked earth, and with aeration becomes steadily more opulent, musky, floral and peppery. Finely crafted, its supremely long and perfectly shaped, with layers of deep, dark and vibrant fruit that steadily emerge, tightly wrapped around a mouthwatering spine of dusty, pliant tannins and finished with a refreshing acidity. Its elegant and savoury, with a structure and flavour profile more suggestive of Eden Valley than the Barossa floor.

SA - Barossa
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

Rockford - The wines are sold through Adelaide retailers only (and the cellar doo) and are unknown to most eastern Australian wine-drinkers, which is a great pity because these are some of the most individual, spectacularly flavoured wines made in the Barossa today, with an emphasis on old, low-yielding dryland vineyards.

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Bidding History

Bidding Details Bid Time Bid Price Bid Qty Win Qty
T.N - Campbellfield VIC02/07/2019 8.50.56 PM AESTAU $314 11
P.D - Padstow NSW02/07/2019 8.42.33 PM AESTAU $309 10
A.A - Melbourne VIC02/07/2019 12.08.30 PM AESTAU $274 10
B.D - ASHBURTON VIC02/07/2019 4.04.58 AM AESTAU $269 10
P.B - Wingfield SA01/07/2019 2.07.56 PM AESTAU $264 10
H.T - carrum downs VIC28/06/2019 8.36.42 PM AESTAU $259 10
M.G - Wilston QLD01/07/2019 12.30.23 PM AESTAU $239 10
A.B - Fairy Meadow NSW30/06/2019 9.32.05 AM AESTAU $229 10
W.S - Bellevue Hill NSW29/06/2019 9.33.54 PM AESTAU $194 10
C.M - Brunswick VIC27/06/2019 8.10.56 PM AESTAU $159 10
D.J - St Kilda VIC26/06/2019 10.02.42 AM AESTAU $154 10
L.M - Artarmon NSW25/06/2019 9.28.44 PM AESTAU $149 10
J.w - LISMORE NSW25/06/2019 8.51.40 PM AESTAU $109 10
B.D - Melbourne VIC25/06/2019 8.46.20 PM AESTAU $79 10
B.H - PARADISE POINT QLD25/06/2019 7.55.24 PM AESTAU $74 10
L.A - EAST PERTH WA25/06/2019 6.45.26 PM AESTAU $59 10
A.M - Joondanna WA25/06/2019 3.49.44 PM AESTAU $54 10
P.P - Turramurra NSW25/06/2019 11.49.39 AM AESTAU $49 10
M.M - BICTON WA25/06/2019 11.12.11 AM AESTAU $44 10
c.r - Cremorne VIC25/06/2019 8.10.23 AM AESTAU $39 10
J.W - Sydney NSW25/06/2019 1.46.46 AM AESTAU $34 10
T.M - Klemzig SA24/06/2019 11.19.49 PM AESTAU $19 10
R.P - Malvern East VIC24/06/2019 10.12.35 PM AESTAU $9 10
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