The Rochford Wines story begins with owner and CEO Helmut Konecsny who first purchased the Hill Road property in 2002 with established vines first planted in 1992. Helmut’s passion for the region has seen Rochford go on to celebrate the diverse terroir of the Yarra Valley. Rochford’s Winemakers Kaspar Herman and Kelly Healey along with Viticulturist John Evans stand by the philosophy of producing the best fruit possible in the vineyard and allowing the wines to express the individuality of the vineyard and each growing season.
Red cherry, a little spice, minimal oak influence, and some rose and mint perfume. It’s clear and well-defined, a cool feel, red fruits and some gently smoky autumnal flavours. Tannin is a gentle, but insistent lick, and the finish is long and fine, maybe a little orange peel coming through in the aftertaste. Quite the svelte charmer here. Tasted: May 2020; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $38; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2026+; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Clones 114, 155, MV6, 77 and Davis, hand-picked, whole berry-open fermented, 4 days cold soak, plunged daily, 12 days on skins, racked to French barriques (10% new), matured for 10 months on lees. A complex wine with dark/foresty berries alongside dominant red berries. Drink to: 2032; Price: $38.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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