Rochford Estate Chardonnay 2022

RRP: $38.00
94 Points - Halliday Wine Companion
“…A light, bright, green gold. White peach and nectarines together with a little orange blossom and grapefruit pith. Even and long on the palate, and I like the each-way bet here between enjoying this now but knowing it will still be looking good three to four years from now.”
- Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion 2024

Silver Medal – Decanter Wine Awards 2024

Silver Medal – The International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2024

Tasting Notes: The 2022 Estate Chardonnay opens with notes of candle wax, cashew, stone fruits, and oak spice. There is a generosity of aroma, continuing to unfurl given air. On the palate there is white peach, crisp nectarine and saline acids forming nice length to the wine. The phenolics are fine but add nicely to the texture of this wine. Being such a low yielding Chardonnay vintage, we have an elevation of concentration of flavour but never at the expense of vitality.
Winemaking Notes: Picked between the 19th and 23rd of February
Vinification & Elevage: Pressed to a mix of French oak (15% new) barriques and puncheons for wild fermentation. Partial malolactic fermentation and on lees for 10 months.
Viticultural Notes: Chardonnay clones: 96, 76 and I10V5 (Gruyere), and P58 (Woori Yallock)
2022 will be remembered for the tiniest yields in a decade resulting from poor flowering conditions in our parts of the Yarra Valley. The quality of the resultant wines of this vintage, however, are outstanding with both concentration and finesse.
This wine is a blend of Chardonnay grapes from two vineyards in Gruyere and Woori Yallock, Yarra Valley.
Varietal: Chardonnay 100%
Alcohol: 13.3%
Contains sulphites. Vegan wine