Roxton Basket Pressed Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012
Region: McLaren Vale
The long wait has been worth it as this is an extra-ordinary effort from winemaker Parker. We took the wine in straight off the press such a long time ago and it has been aging quietly in barrels ever since. There seemed no need for it to be rushed into bottle as we knew from those early days it was a keeper.
Some wines are delicious in youth but not this Roxton; plenty of fruit but rather strong and muscular and would be better if just left.
The years rolled by, it was given the attention needed, freshened up by pumping into other barrels and then back again to resume its mellowing or maturation. We are blessed by amazing quality in Australia and over the last 50 years it is astonishing how the greatness of so many regions has been able to unfold.
We like the old traditional, heritage regions of McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley but also take delight in the best from so many other places. Place a bottle of this Roxton Reserve on the dinner party table and watch the reaction.