Rochford Wines is a family owned winery, located on Maroondah Highway in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Rochford’s senior winemaker Marc Lunt, says his approach to winemaking is drawn from the traditional Burgundian’s philosophy that, “you don’t make wine; you merely accompany it from vine to bottle”, and in his own words, “produce the best fruit possible in the vineyard, handle the fruit gently to preserve fruit character, minimise extraction and allow the wines to express the individuality of the vineyard and each growing season”.
Hill Road vineyard and winery is located at Coldstream, 40 kms east of Melbourne in Victoria's oldest grape growing region, the Yarra Valley. Grown on ancient, mountain derived sandy clay loams, these rocky soils, combined with our forty year old vines, are at the heart of this wine. 2016 will be remembered as one of the warmest and earliest harvests on record in the Yarra Valley.
20yo vines from four vineyards, wild yeast open-fermented with 20% whole bunches, 19 days on skins, matured for 10 months in barrel (20% new). Counter intuitively has the deepest and brightest colour; a rich powerhouse that has no right to be as good as it is. Perfectly pitched spices illuminate both the bouquet and palate, whole bunches playing a role, as do tannins. Drink to: 2032; Price: $30.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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