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”.
Like this straight off, and sometimes, with Pinot Noir, you have to move your head around a little bit before you can catch clear sight of it. Anyway, it’s the structure I like most here, almost like a Langhe Nebbiolo in shape and feel of tannin, with its pleasing grip and dryness, in with that a mix of strawberry and red cherry, a little spice and perfume, and a shapely finish of fine length, a smattering of dried herb and orange peel on the finish. It’s a very good thing to drink. Tasted: May 2020; Alcohol: 13.7%; Price: $20; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2025; Rated: 92 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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