Rochford – 2013 Yarra Valley Chardonnay

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Pale straw with green tinge in colour. Pear, lemon pith and white flowers are intertwined with a slight struck match and some lees derived aromas.

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2013 Yarra Valley Chardonnay

Awards: Gold medal winning wine from 2014 Yarra Valley Wine Show Varieties: 100% Chardonnay Tasting Notes: Pale straw with green tinge in colour. Pear, lemon pith and white flowers are intertwined with a slight struck match and some lees derived aromas. The palate has good length and with a fine acid line. Layers of citrus fruits are complemented by the creaminess provided by batonnage and extended time on lees. The oak (30% new) is present but never dominates due to the ample fruit intensity, a trait of the harvest. Viticulture 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 €œIsabella€™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. The grapes for this chardonnay comes from Block 1 and is Spur pruned. 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. 2012 was a welcome return to warm ripening conditions but poor flowering and reduced yields meant selective picking, sorting and care in the cellar was paramount. Harvest: Hand-picked 1st March Vinification: Crushed and pressed with full solids, settled for twelve hours before racking, spontaneous fermentation Elevage: 12 months on lees in French oak and a further 6 months in tank. Technical Data: Alcohol: 13.2%

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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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