Grown on the Swallowfield vineyard at Gembrook in the Upper Yarra... Quite a wine. Personality and power. Yellow stone fruit and grapefruit combine to stunning effect, aided and abetted by milky, saucy oak. It’s still unfolding, still yet to reveal its complete self; it remains largely coiled. But everything here looks like something special is in store... 2023+ 95 points, WineFront (6/2017).
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, James Halliday
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.