Owner and winemaker Matt Rorick believes strongly that it’s all about the site and the fruit. His 75-acre Californian vineyard, purchased in 2013, is organically farmed. The vines sit at an elevation of 2000 feet on limestone soils. With no alterations or additions (save for a little SO2 at bottling), his wines are a true and unadulterated expression of the Rorick Heritage Vineyard.
The Forlorn Hope and Queen of the Sierra wines tread both sides of the path – plenty of classic, familiar flavours and textures but with an edge of exoticism and individuality that sets them apart. Not to be missed! Oh, and Songs from Mars is Matt’s Australian collaboration with Jaysen Collins from JC’s Own/Massena Wines.
Contains 1 bottle each of the following:
Fragrant, floral and lemony scents, some green mango, talc-minerally scents too. Juicy and lightly creamy feel in texture, ripe stone fruits the flavour, lovely as, soft creamy yeasty notes carrying through and a neat, waxy finish. Texture, personality. This is great drinking. GREAT. 93 Points – Mike Bennie, The Winefront
Magnificent! Takes a while to open up, but this has all the sinewy and athletic muscle of great nebbiolo (!), tannins of such, Italianate flavours in herbs and sweet earth and sour cherry. Fantastic. Long, lean and tightly wound, again, it’s words about tannin and structure that ring loud here. Such a good, detailed, interesting, layered wine. It drinks like best of fine dry reds, with pizzazz of the unusual parts. Yewww! 95 Points – Mike Bennie, The Winefront
Watermelon juice! Yum. Crisp texture, vibrant, squeaky feel to the wine. It has that incredible, plugged-into-electrical-socket neon pink colour too. I love that. Good web of tannins making things tight and puckering to close. Light spice through the wine, the vibe of rose hip tea. I dunno, it’s just so damn delicious, so drinkable, so good. 94 Points – Mike Bennie, The Winefront
Mango, guava notes, floral and pretty to sniff on. Chewy, puckering, so dry and deliciously tannic, orange and ginger tea, green herbs, kind of floral notes, complex and serious and all that delicious. Has this juiciness too. It’s wild, fun and very good. Complex, wonderful expression.95 Points – Mike Bennie, The Winefront
This is an utterly unique expression and a delicious one at that. Less broad than a Hunter Semillon, more pointed in structure with higher toned flavours of blackcurrant, camphor, nettles, green apple, lime and seaweed. Fascinating flavours.
Half whole bunch, half de-stemmed. From Greenock. Of the nero d’Avola grape variety. Ripe, fragrant berry fruitiness to sniff on. Lots of it. Almost summer pudding kinda vibe. Sloshes in the palate with sweet berry fruitiness too. Lush, soft, fruity-fresh and, wow, the acidity held in this wine is ballistic, and the finish is incredibly tart. Fun wine this. Lots of joy here. 91 points – Mike Bennie, The Winefront