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Rochford Estate Pinot Noir 2019

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Tasting Notes: Red roses, poached strawberries and a multitude of spices burst out of this youthful Pinot. Soft and plush, it‘s strawberries and raspberries that lead the charge, while the wine‘s inherent freshness and a nice crackle of gentle tannin ring out long giving great focus to the palate
Winemaking Notes: Handpicked on the 1st, 4th and 5th of March. Fruit is fully destemmed and fermented as whole berries in open pots. 4-day cold soak then plunged once a day during ferment. Presssed off after 12 days on skins, settled overnight then racked to French oak barriques (10% new) for malolactic conversion, then sulphured on lees. 10 months on lees in oak.
Viticultural Notes: Optimal conditions for flowering and fruitset in the vineyards gave well balanced yield with plenty of promise leading into the 2019 harvest. A dry January and February followed, culminating in a relatively compressed vintage, though attention to detail in the vineyards gave winemakers wonderfully balanced fruit with concentration of flavour and exceptional natural acidity.
This wine is made from a blend of Pinot Noir grapes from our Yarra Valley Swallowfield, Hill Road and Briarty 9 vineyards.
Our winemaking philosophy is to produce the best fruit possible in the vineyard and allow the wines to express the indiviuality of the vineyard and each growing seaon. The grapes for this wine were handpicked with viticultural practices based around maintaining balance in the vineyards, sustainability and responsiveness to changing environment conditions.