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”.
Powerful cherries, rose petals and five spice; long, closed, firm and kernelly. Rating: 96 Points; Jeremy Oliver
Block 4 of the home site at Coldstream. 60% whole bunches. Fermented naturally. 25 days on skins. Only 15% new French oak. Second release of a wine under the “Premier” label. There’s no alcohol warmth but there’s a warmth to the flavours of macerated cherries and spice. It’s a welcoming aspect. This is an example of pinot prettiness in its most powerful form, the wine coming at you as a wave before flying out through the finish. It’s both more mouth filling than you expect of pinot noir, and more tannic; it’s not dense or heavy but it still manages to steamroll through your mouth. Spearmint, deli meat and assorted exotic spice notes re-inforce both complexity and the seductiveness of the offering. Tasted: Jun 2017; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $80; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2026+; Rating: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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