A Rodda Baxendale Vineyard Chardonnay (2019)
750mL / Whitlands, VIC / Australia
About Adrian Rodda
Adrian Rodda spent the first half of his career working with David Bicknell at Oakridge where he was involved in the development of the superb Oakridge 864 Chardonnay.
At the start of 2010 he and wife Christie, a doctor, decided to move to Beechworth and Adrian began making Chardonnay from the Smith's vineyard (planted in 1978, before Giaconda and Sorrenberg et al.).
Adrian continued to take fruit from Willow Lake Vineyard (one of the original upper-Yarra vineyards planted in 1979) and in 2017 managed to win the Halliday Chardonay Challenge with his 2017 Willow Lake Chardonnay.
Since 2014 Adrian has added a third Chardonnay from the Baxendale vineyard, planted in 1985 at 600m above sea-level in Whitlands.
Highly lifted aromas of citrus and white flower are nuanced with secondary characters of wax and flint. The mouthfeel is highly restrained with intense minerality and refreshing acidity gives the wine extreme focus and length.