Saturday 19 February 2011

The Rochford Files

2008 Yarra Valley
Reserve Chardonnay

Attending the AIME conference in Melbourne last week, I was delighted to meet John Bright from Rochford - Yarra Valley.

Rochford's 08 Cab-Sav impressed
some finicky palates*
Eager delegates were jostling for glasses of the superb 2008 Cab-Sav and the chilled Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling. John saw me wince at the Sav-Blanc without even trying it (call me a snob) and suggested a sample of the 06 Reserve Chardonnay. My goodness, chardonnay doesn't get much better than that! It reads 'crisp and seamless with beautifully integrated stone fruit and citrus' on the label and I think that's on the money.

2008 Macedon Ranges
Pinot Noir
Thinking he couldn't possibly improve on that, John poured me a 2008 Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir. Now, I'm a sucker for a good Pinto Noir and this was definately a superior drop. Spicy cherry and a hint of oak, it's a cracker.

For anyone who's never been to Rochford (like me) it's way more than just a winery. It's a full wine, food and entertainment destination with everything from balloon flights to open air concerts.

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from Roderick Eime at AIME
* Matt Preston impersonator Ben Price appeared with the Cheeky Food Group

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