Rochford Winery Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2005
Pinot Noir from Victoria, Australia
This wine is mid plum in color. The nose shows intense dark cherry and spice overlayed savory oak with hints of violets. The palate is powerful and full flavored and is supported by minerally acid and fine-grained tannins that will ensure medium term cellaring. The wine finishes with a good persistence of flavor.
Wine & Spirits - "From the chilly Macedon Ranges above Melbourne, this cool-climate pinot has scents of black tea and bosky raspberry. It's complex, with touches of root vegetable in the flavor, the lovely texture suited to stewed wild duck or other game birds."
Nestled on the northern slopes of Victoria’s Macedon Ranges at an altitude of 600 metres above sea level is the site of our first vineyard. In fact, our name comes from the hamlet of Rochford, located nearby. Here the combination of cool climate and red volcanic soil results in wines with a great depth of flavour and structure.
We like to say we make our wines in the vineyard, in other words we strive to produce the highest quality fruit possible. To achieve this we pay attention to every detail such as yield regulation through pruning and crop removal. In these cool climate areas sunlight intercept is vital so all our vineyards are trained using vertical shoot positioning. Combined with shoot removal and regular trimming we achieve a very open canopy. This combination of low crops and maximum sunlight exposure results in consistently high quality fruit no matter what the seasonal conditions are. View all Rochford Winery Wines
About VictoriaView a map of Victoria wineries
From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to Yarra Valley as well as other cool climate growing regions, and yet, it also houses the regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Notable FactsLots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland is a bit warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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