|Rochford has outstanding single vineyard Chardonnay|
Go Big Or Go Home
In Yarra Valley, the scenery is filled with flowing hills and valleys. During our visit in January, the fields were painted with the yellows, browns and light greens of Australian winter. Our next stop on our tour was Rochford Wines, a landmark in this famed wine region.
Rochford is a true destination winery. In addition to the cellar door, there is the acclaimed Isabella’s restaurant, meeting space for any type of special event, and an outdoor amphitheater and facilities capable of hosting concerts for up to 7,000 people. Everything about Rochford is truly first class.
|Oyster blade of beef at Rochford|
Unfortunately, I was sipping a Rochford Sauvignon Blanc. I thought we’d have a glass of white to be followed by a red. Only one glass was included with our lunch -- and I couldn’t flag down the server to change my wine. That couldn’t detract from the great meal and the Sauvignon Blanc was quite good -- but I longed for the Syrah.
My wife and I ascended the spiral staircase to the top level, where we had an open air view of the winery grounds. After viewing a brief shower from the crow’s nest, we headed to the tasting bar where I opted for the premium tasting.
Cool Climate Mastery
|Rochford Blanc de Blanc|
The wines we sampled were all 2017 vintage, even though the Rochford wines, including the Chardonnay, can be cellared for years. The reason is China. China is now Australia’s largest wine export market, and they are buying it as fast as Rochford can bottle.
We sampled three Pinot Noirs, the Dans le Bois, Terre and L’Enfant Unique. Yarra Pinot has unique flavors of underbrush, earth, cherry and dark fruit. L’Enfant Unique is unfined and unfiltered and spends 10 months in French oak and time on the lees. It’s a powerful Pinot with notes of spice.
We wrapped up with the Estate Syrah and the Garrigue Heathcote Syrah. This is a rich, dark wine that isn’t fined, and so had sediment. It is whole cluster fermented, adding extra complexity and depth. Grapes are sourced from Victoria’s Heathcote region, renowned for great Syrah. A very nice bottle at AU$86.
Rochford is a great choice for your Yarra Valley wine tasting experience, dining or special event.