Rochford – 2012 Yarra Valley Isabella’s Vineyard Chardonnay

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An expressive nose speaks of grapefruit, lemon pith and flint aromatics that marry well with the French oak (25% new).

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Wine: 2012 Rochford €˜Isabella€™s Vineyard€™ Chardonnay

Vintage: 2012 Varieties: 100% Chardonnay 2 x trophy winning wine €“ 2013 Victoria€™s Wine Show Best Wooded Wine of Show & Best White Wine of Show Tasting Notes: An expressive nose speaks of grapefruit, lemon pith and flint aromatics that marry well with the French oak (25% new). A traditional Chardonnay in both style and character, which could see plenty of cellar time. Added weight from barrel stirring adds to the fruit length. Winemaking Notes: Single vineyard wine. Made using traditional winemaking techniques, this wine was hand picked, crushed and pressed with full solids. Allowed to settle for twelve hours before being racked to a mix of French oak barrels. Spontaneous fermentation. This wine spent 12 months in oak of lees and then a further 6 months in tank on fine lees. Viticulture Notes: Our Briarty Hill property is located within two kilometers of our winery and the grapes for Isabella Chardonnay come from the closely planted Block 2 and Cordon pruned. Formerly known as Briarty Hill and re-named €œIsabella€™s Vineyard€ upon its purchase in December 2009, this vineyard 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. A North-facing slope, protected from wind by the proceeding hill and frost, from the constant airflow. 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. 2011 will be remembered as a late, cool and wet harvest and selective picking, sorting and care in the cellar was paramount. Technical Data: Alcohol 13.0%

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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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