98 Points & Special Value Wine Ned Goodwin for James Halliday’s Wine Companion
Family owned, Rochford Wines is a must visit destination in the picturesque Yarra Valley. The vineyard and winery incorporates an acclaimed 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.
Swallowfield vineyard is located in Gembrook, making it the southernmost vineyard in the Yarra Valley. While Gembrook is known for its volcanic derived red soils, Swallowfield sits on a granite outcrop. These quartz rich soils are perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
“Rochford’s two Dans les Bois Chardonnays speak the voice of terroir as clear as any in their astonishing diversity of textures, flavours and overall, completely different personalities. This is a beautiful wine. It is cool of fruit, finesse and aura. A myriad of white peach, yellow plum and lime curd, curl their way around vivid acidity and a mineral drive. Nothing is hard or exaggerated. There is no overt sulphidic pungency in the wine’s exploration of crunch. Mellifluous. From a stunning site in the upper reaches of Gembrook, this is fine Premier or Grand Cru pedigree. Is crushing, as at the best estates in Burgundy, the secret?” – 98 Points & Special Value Wine Ned Goodwin for James Halliday’s Wine Companion