A. Rodda 'Smiths Vineyard' Chardonnay

The 2015 A.Rodda Beechworth Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from the Smith’s Vineyard in Beechworth (planted in 1978) and crafted by 2015 ‘Young Gun of Wine’ winner Adrian Rodda. Winemaking is very simple – grapes are pressed, put to barrel, left to ferment naturally, rested on lees, then bottled with a small sulphur addition and light fining. 2015 was a near perfect growing season in Beechworth. Combine this with an amazing site and some of the oldest vines in the region and you’re left with something pretty special:
“Tightly wound, not overtly expressive or showy, but inherently powerful at its core. The nose is resolute, conveying hints of lemon rind, ripe melon, flint and a touch of Cinnamon spice. There is no new oak evident, although some (old) barrel ferment ‘struck match’ characters can be detected, remaining secondary to the immediate fruit character. The palate is markedly concentrated, with mouth-coating (and mouth-watering) dry extract and ‘chewy’ grape-derived tannin. Usually this level of concentration and power is reserved for wines in the $60+ price range – rarely (if ever) seen for sub $40! Despite the high level of concentration, the wine remains pure and light on its feet thanks to cleansing acid that buffers the richness and provides a mineral-like quality to the full and expansive palate. This wine is simply delicious. It is rich in fruit, rich in flavour and possesses a high level of intrigue, unique character and refinement. This is as interesting and as good as other top flight Beechworth Chardonnays, there is just far less ‘winemaking’ involved, far less ‘ego’. It’s all about the fruit, the special site and the old vines, no intrusive winemaking necessary! Drink now or leave for 2 years and drink for a further 10.” – MW Wines
$39 / 750ml

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25 Oct 2018

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