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The Smiths Vineyard, one of the most historic in Beechworth, is now in the capable hands of Adrian Rodda. His Cabernet blend from this block is a thing of beauty, and no surprise, this Chardonnay is a ripper as well. At 550m ASL, this site produces fine, classic Chardonnay of dazzling purity. Rodda has gotten his ducks in a row this year. The Chardonnay is arguably his best to date from this vineyard and is an exquisite example of this iconic Victorian wine style.
What it Tastes Like
Nectarine and a little funk/sulphide action wound through some leesy chew. Not quite the Beechworth 'brute force' style of Chardonnay, but certainly keeps plenty of punch up its sleeve. Nicely balanced with a finish that is long and firm. Will be hard to track down a better value Beechworth Chardonnay than this this year.
The Smiths Vineyard was planted in 1978 at an elevation of 550 metres above sea level at the cross-over between the two soil types that define the region; the shaley red Ordivician soil and the granitic soil. The vineyard has a gentle easterly aspect with the back half of the block more south-facing.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Adrian’s Beechworth based winery is essentially a one man operation with some help from acclaimed viticulturist, Mark Walpole. What started as a hobby has ballooned into a full-time obsession and he is gain some huge praise for his classic yet energetic wines. With a wealth of experience gained under the top-notch tutelage of Yarra Valley superstar winemaker, Dave Bicknell, Adrian is one of the true rising stars of North East Victorian Wine.
Beechworth is a small wine producing region with a big reputation. The distinctive terroir in this part of the country produces some of our most iconic wines. If you want serious Chardonnay or Rhone-inspired Shiraz/Syrah, you want to get to know Beechworth. Some of the most powerful cool climate wines in the country hail from here, and some of our future stars are making it their home. The future looks very bright for this champion Victorian region.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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