96 Points James Halliday
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. Drink to 2019.
Source: James Halliday. January, 2007
"We have a beautiful wine on our hands here. It is the best Basket Press Shiraz since 1999. I’m one of those people who loves the pants off Rockford in the Barossa Valley, but who also feels as if the standard hasn’t quite been what it once was over the past four or five years. It’s been good, but not the superstar we all know it to be – it hasn’t dropped, it’s just taken a bit of a buffering, to my taste. The 2004 takes that bad attitude of mine and puts a cork in it. It’s got a beautiful nose, a beautiful palate, a beautiful frame of tannin, and succulent, smoochy length. I could kiss this darling all night long, and God how I wish that I could – every night. Barossa shiraz – you know the flavours. Low oak, black fruit, coal and earth. Once you finish each mouthful, it still feels like it’s got a firm, mesmerising grip on you. One sip, and there really is no escape."
Rated : 96 Points
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2006 - 2018
Campbell Mattinson 25 October 2006 The Wine Front