The Rochford Wines Story
This Yarra Valley property was purchased by Helmut Konecsny in 2002; he had already established a reputation for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the family-owned Romsey Park vineyard in the Macedon Ranges (sold in 2010). Since '10, Helmut has focused on his Yarra Valley winery and vineyards. In addition to the cellar door, the property has two restaurants, a retail shop, and an expansive natural amphitheatre and observation tower - a showpiece in the region.
5 Stars - Halliday Wine Companion

Rochford wines is considered a showpiece for the Yarra Valley. This is due in part to its exceptional cellar door and restaurant set up, but also, and perhaps more significantly, because it's wine's set the standard for quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the cool climate region.

The wines are handcrafted using fruit sourced from four exceptional vineyards, and the single site wines produced from these vineyards are some of the finest expressions of the Yarra with beautiful balance and elegance. Their viticultural practices are based around maintaining balance in the vineyards, sustainability and responsiveness to changing environmental conditions. The winemaking philosophy of Rochford is to produce the best fruit possible in the vineyard, handle the fruit gently to preserve fruit character, minimise extraction and allow the wines to express the individuality of the vineyard and each growing season.
Why's this wine for you?

You just can't go past a good Yarra Valley Pinot Noir.

Its rise has been meteoric with savvy wine drinkers eschewing those bulkier styles and seeking out more elegant and finesse expressions of the grape.

The Yarra’s cool-climate could have been custom made for PInot Noir (thank you, oh great grape gods!) and Rochford, with its considered and paired back approach to vine growing and winemaking, has all the hallmarks of a regional leader.

It’s always been a quiet achiever, developing greatness behind the scenes and delivering some of the most fastidiously transformational Pinot experiences you’ll find anywhere outside of Burgundy. The loyal followers of Rochford’s long and storied career will know exactly what we are talking about.

Now, here’s the deal. The top wines of the estate are extraordinary and well worth the dollars you’ll spend on them. But we think the real value lies in the entry level wines, where you can snap up some simply astonishing bottles for practically peanuts.

Case in point: the recently released: Rochford Cru de la Cote Pinot Noir 2021

This is a wine of precision and purity that could only come from the best sites. Think nuances of black plum, ripe cherry, rhubarb and some earthy, air-dried meat and spicy notes on the nose. The plate is full of charm, fresh and supple and length of forest berries and dried orange skin that goes on and on and on…

RRP: $35.00
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$24.99 per bottle


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The Brief
Alcohol
12.9%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2021
Cellar to
2025
How's it taste?
Aromas of spicy plum and cherry fruit characters combine with charcuterie, earth and rhubarb. The palate is lively and fresh with plenty of pinot charm. Forest berries and cherries finish with amaro spice.
How was it made?
Fermented as whole berries, with short cold soak before 14 days on skins.Pressed to French oak barriques (15% new) for malolactic fermentation and matured in oak for 7 months.
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