Passionately followed by many, Rockford is one of South Australia's most (loyal-) customer orientated wineries. Massive profit margins have never been too high on Rocky O'Callaghan's list of priorities, a point exemplified by his flagship Basket Press Shiraz selling for as little as $46 through cellar door as recently as the 2004 release (97pts). By some distance it's the cheapest wine ranked 'Exceptional' (the highest ranking) by Langton's Classification of Australian Wine IV.
Rich and essence-like on the nose, the 2007 Basket Press reveals currant influenced aromas of red plums, violets and cassis in a typically fruit focused, rather plush manner. Its palate is altogether more savoury and silky, with a nicely textured, bright and satiny underlay to a fruit component which borders on uneven (more over) ripeness, but it just stays within the lines enough, allowing the wine to finish long and even with pleasing mineral undertones.
O The 2007 isn't a standout Basket Press for me by any means, but on a more positive note, two of my less experienced wine drinking friends felt this was as good a wine as they've ever had. Drink to 2017.