Rochford Isabella’s Vineyard 2011 Blanc de Blanc
Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: Pale straw in appearance with a persistent fine bead. Aromatics of lemon curd, brioche, almond and white flowers. A tight palate with citrus, freshly cut apple, balanced by healthy acidity and the low dosage. So youthful, delicate and chiselled. A sparkling wine that will age well over the next ten years.
Winemaking: A single vineyard 100% chardonnay sparkling wine. Hand Picked before being whole bunch pressed over several hours at low pressure. Almost entirely tank fermented except for a small component (10%) that saw some time in oak. Assembled and sent off for tirage in preparation for secondary fermentation in bottle (méthode traditionelle). Spending over three years on lees before disgorging in September 2014. The aim was to make a sparkling wine that is perfect for an aperitif.
Viticultural Notes: Located within two kilometers of Rochford’s Hill Road Winery at Coldstream – 40kms east of Melbourne, the grapes for this wine come from the property formerly known as Briarty Hill and re-named “Isabella’s Vineyard” upon its purchase in December 2009. This vineyard is situated at the eastern end of the contour that is home to some of the districts most celebrated vineyards, all of which share Briarty Road addresses. Grown on ancient, mountain derived sandy clay loams, these rocky soils combined with our thirty-year-old vines are at the heart of this wine. The Isabella’s Vineyard is a north-facing slope, protected from wind and frost by the preceding hill.
Dosage: 3.5% per litre
Disgorgement: 25th October 2014