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Rochford Macedon Ranges Chardonnay

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Cracka Review

Before the Rochford winery was based in the Yarra they had significant vineyard holdings in the Macedon Ranges, the perfect cool environment for Chardonnay grapes. We think Chardy is cool even when it’s from a warm climate so we were smitten by our first sip of this. Peachy, citrus fruit with nutty oak on the nose before a full flavoured palate with a creamy persistence. Barrel fermentation and extended maturation have created a wine of fine texture that would be an admirable match to roast chicken.

Winemaker's Notes

Mid straw in colour with a green edge. The nose shows white peach fruit with a citrus edge overlayed with nutty oak and barrel fermentation characters. The full flavoured palate is tightly structured with citrus fruits and a pleasant mineral edge leading to a long creamy finish. Barrel fermentation and maturation complements the fruit structure and adds depth and complexity to this wine. As there is no malo lactic fermentation there is plenty of acidity to give length and freshness to the finish.

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Rochford Macedon Ranges Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Pale green-gold; a finely balanced and focused wine reflecting perfectly ripened fruit cradled in subtle French oak and supported by brisk acidity, the flavours of grapefruit and tangerine.
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2012
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Bright green-straw; very much in the modern style, relying on the intensity and length of its citrussy cool-grown fruit more than artefact, although French oak has, of course, added to the structure of the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Luscious and generous, but with plenty of regional elegance and focus, it's scented with slightly squashed aromas of melon and tropical fruit with nutty, mealy undertones, with suggestions of matchstick oak and creamy, leesy complexity. Fluffy and fine-grained, it's long, supple and deliciously oaked, with a nutty, savoury finish punctuated by mouth-watering acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Very fine and focused, the high level of natural acidity providing backbone to the grapefruit and apple flavours, the oak subtle.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Bright fruit and tight texture with lots of nuances put this well ahead of most Australian chardonnays.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Austere and shapely, with a slightly candied and crystalline presence of lemon, quince and melon backed by slightly brassy toasty vanilla oak and hints of bacon and wheatmeal. Forward and juicy, it eases towards a long, lean and savoury, almost briney finish of lingering fruit and fine rapier-like acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean and quite aromatic; clean, intense citrus and nectarine on a long palate, the finish impressively powerful and long; oak and lees in the back seat.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Stylish, modern and shapely, this taut and mineral chardonnay has a smoky, lightly flinty bouquet and a long, dry palate finishing with refreshing citrusy acids. Its tangy flavours of grapefruit, melon, lemon and pear knit tightly with nutty vanilla oak, before a lingering finish of pleasing minerality.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Toasty oak and intense lemony/citrussy fruit; long and sinuous.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A fine, elegant chardonnay likely to flesh out well Its delicate aromas of melon and tangy citrus fruit reveal nutty oak and spicy undertones of cloves and cinnamon, while its juicy, creamy expression of peach/nectarine fruit is long and harmonious, freshly punctuated by citrusy acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Tight, fragrant grapefruit, citrus and melon; nice touches of barrel ferment and malolactic; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
92
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Subtle nectarine/stone fruit aromas are complexed by oak and malolactic influences; delicate and graceful in the mouth.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90

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