Rochford – 2011 Isabella’s Vineyard Blanc de Blanc

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Pale straw in appearance with a persistent fine bead. Aromatics of lemon curd, brioche, almond and white flowers.

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Rochford Isabella’s Vineyard 2011 Blanc de Blanc

Vintage: 2011

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.

Technical Data:

Alcohol 11.5%
Dosage: 3.5% per litre
Disgorgement:    25th October 2014

Rochford Wines

Family owned, Rochford Wines is a must visit destination in the picturesque Yarra Valley. The vineyard and winery incorporates the acclaimed Isabella’s Restaurant, cellar door and shop, together with other purpose built facilities €“ a pavilion, amphitheatre and lakeside deck – to service fabulous outdoor concerts, summer food and wine festivals, and a host of other functions and events. Our wines have earned great respect, being hand crafted using fruit sourced from four exceptional vineyards. Our viticultural practices are based around maintaining balance in the vineyards, sustainability and responsive to changing environmental conditional. Our wine making philosophy is to 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.

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