Rockford SVS Moorooroo 1996
From over 100-year old vines on the Barossa Valley floor, planted in loamy brown and yellow soils, the 1996 Moorooroo Basket Press Shiraz has notes of chocolate, espresso coffee, blackberry, and cedar. A very full-bodied, powerful wine with tremendous depth and tannin, it is still an infant and in need of 5-6 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.
"Rockford can only be described as an icon, no matter how overused that word may be. It has a devoted band of customers who buy most of the wine through the cellar door or mail order (Rocky O'Callaghan's entrancing annual newsletter is like no other). Some wine is sold through restaurants, and there are two retailers in Sydney, and one each in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Whether they will have the Basket Press Shiraz available is another matter; it is as scarce as Henschke Hill of Grace (but less expensive)." - James Halliday