Rockford Basket Press Shiraz Barossa Valley 2008


I find the Rockford Basket Press Shiraz Barossa Valley 2008 to be raw, young and not yet offering its full potential Give it another 5-15 years.

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At my Rockford Basket Press Dinner in 2018 I found the Rockford Basket Press Shiraz Barossa Valley 2008 to be the raw one. Still showing oak and intense red fruits. I liked it for what it will become.  Don’t drink it now. It is not yet offering its full potential.

One of Australia’s greatest Estates. Crafting wines from their Barossa base that reflect the region and its philosophy. They are best known for their old school and long lived ‘Basket Press Shiraz’ and their majestic ‘Black’ Sparkling Shiraz. But to focus exclusively on those would diminish the quality of the whole range of authentically and proudly Barossan wines.

Barossa Valley

One of the major wine regions or Australia. Known for making great Shiraz by any standard as well as Grenache, Mataro, Semillon and much more. There has been a lot of work finding the sub-regions that excel for each style and variety planted.


A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. Able to be enjoyed at any time of its evolution the best Shiraz definitely lend themselves to long term aging.

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