Since its inception in 1971, Rocky O'Callaghan of Rockford Wines has striven to craft wines that speak of their origins in the Barossa Valley and traditional winemaking methods. Generous and full of character, with longevity in mind, Rocky's wines have become what can only be described as iconic. None more so than the Rockford Basket Press. Sold predominantly through the winery's cellar door and mailing list, with a fraction being relinquished to a handful of outlets and restaurants in Adelaide, the scarcity and consistent quality of this wine has inspired many to join the cult of Basket Press.
2007 Basket Press
Black cherry, meat, chocolate, cinnamon and medicinal character. Fine tannin giving light chew. Gorgeous, pure and maturing well. A grand old man of Australian Shiraz.
Richard Hemming MW, Jancisrobinson.com, 17 points
2009 Basket Press
Medium red-purple; this is in the heartland of Barossa Valley Shiraz style, the custom-made bottle a throwback to the 1940s; the bouquet is fragrant, and hides no secrets: silky, ripe tannins, abundant blackberry and spice fruit, and oak in perfect unison.
James Halliday, The Wine Companion, 95 points
2010 Basket Press
Deep garnet with a purple hue; this benchmark wine from an iconic producer is laden with vibrant purple and black fruits, floral notes, earthy complexity and well executed oak handling; the palate is juicy, direct and layered, with fine-grained tannins providing an armchair ride for the vibrant and plush fruit that is on board. This will age tremendously well, but many will enjoy it without giving it that chance.
Ben Edwards, The Wine Companion, 96 points
2011 Basket Press
Difficult season, but it's not a difficult wine. Fans of the label with some already stashed in their cellar can breathe easy. It's fuller in body than the season might have predicted, but more elegant than is usual for this wine. Blackberry, raspberry, coffee grounds, toast and vanilla fill it out, with herbs and peppers whispering through the finish. Tannin is the key: it's ripe, fine, marked by its finesse and yet determined to get its point across. Perhaps not a long-termer, but no doubting either its merit or drinking appeal.
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Companion, 95 points
2012 Basket Press
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.
James Halliday's The Wine Companion, 96 points
2013 Basket Press
The beautiful label, traditional brown bottle, and the wine within, all have an allure. It's the richness and depth of the tannin structure - velvety and ripe, the suppleness on the palate, the savory thread with coffee grounds, pepper, bitumen and yes oak but everything in its place plus its heady perfume with florals and red plums.
Jane Faulkner, The Wine Companion, 95 points
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