2022 A. Rodda Baxendale Vineyard Chardonnay

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Another exceptional single-site Chardonnay from the masterful hands of Adrian Rodda.

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This Chardonnay comes from the Baxendale Vineyard, planted in 1995 and sitting a comfortable 600m above seal level.

After being hand-picked, the fruit gets pressed straight to French oak, with just over a third of it being new. It rested on its lees for 12 months after fermenting, giving it a gorgeous texture and palate weight.

It's a toasty, nutty Chardonnay that retains plenty of natural acidity and offers a lot of drinking pleasure for those looking for a Chardonnay with a bit of extra finesse.

Highly lifted aromas of red apples and meadow flowers are complexed with secondary characters of wax and flint. The mouthfeel is lithe with intense minerality and creamy/lees texture supported by refined acidity giving the wine focus and great length of palate.

94 points - "Friand and spice, floral, melon and grapefruit. Firm acidity, a little green apple, distinctly flinty and chalky, with something of a sappy-sour-edged, yet also slightly creamy almond finish of good length. Pretty tight, but very nice." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

A. Rodda

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 has garnered 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 stars of North East Victorian Wine.

Chardonnay (of course) is his main focus, showcasing a regional series from Beechworth, the Yarra Valley & the Whitlands but he also tackles Cabernet blends & Tempranillo with aplomb.

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