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2016 Rochford Latitude Chardonnay

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Cracka Review

We like WWL, that’s wines with latitude by the way, and this fine Chardonnay from the Yarra reflects the latitude it hails from perfectly. This just screams for pan roasted salmon with salsa verde. It’s a modern Chardonnay showing citrus and stone fruit with a core of spicy oak. The palate is elegant with a creamy texture and an excellent length. Natural acids fill out the finish ensuring this will age well in the short term.

Winemaker's Notes

Tasting Notes: Pale straw colour, fine and restrained aromatics, with struck match and pear. It’s about balance and length with tight clean natural acidity and pear, spice and almond meal on the palate.

Viticulture Notes: 100% Yarra Valley fruit. 2016 will be remembered as one of the warmest and earliest harvests on record. Above average yields and early ripening kept winemakers busy, highlighting the importance of time spent in the vineyard.

Harvest: Hand-picked over a week in February.

Vinification: Crushed and pressed with full solids straight to oak (20% new), natural fermentation, stirred when needed.

Elevage: Six months on lees, natural mal-lactic fermentation before being rack and blended in preparation for bottling.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2016 Rochford Latitude Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
A complex nose with apple pear spectrum fruit aromas, solids and lick of oak in an articulate style, nougaut will come with age. The palate's got fruit weight, almost fruit sweetness, oak complexity, and the autumn fruit spectrum of apple, pear of the 2011 years, nice balance and considered winemaking to build complexity.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Clean, crisp citrus and stone fruit; partial barrel fermentation in old oak plus lees contact; still very direct and relatively simple, but good value. Sourced from a single Yarra Valley vineyard rather than all over Victoria. Quixotic labelling.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Fresh, fine and elegant, developing slowly but surely; lovely nectarine fruit and sotto voce oak. The back label exposes it comes from a single premium Yarra Valley vineyard.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93

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