2021 A. Rodda Smith's Triangle Block Beechworth Chardonnay

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This wine from Adrian Rodda is a real winner for any Beechworth Chardonnay fans. A real beauty.

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Adrian Rodda has been working with the fruit from the Smith's vineyard for long enough now to know where its sweet spots are.

This epic Beechworth Chardonnay is the result of having nailed down the best block of Chardonnay in the vineyard. In the right season, fruit from this triangle shaped block is head and shoulders above the rest of the Chardonnay and demands its own bottling.

It's treated to some swish new oak, allowed to rest on lees for an extra 12 months in old oak and now represents the pinnacle of Adrian's winemaking prowess with the Chardonnay grape.

Quietly powerful aromas of wild flowers, citrus and white nectarine combine with secondary characters of freshly grilled nuts and almond meal. Complex and intense, a creamy, velvety texture is underlined by citrus acidity and gentle spice finishing with a grapefruit pithiness that is intense, precise and long.

Facing South-East and consisting of just 183 vines, this block consistently produces Chardonnay of the highest quality. In the best growing seasons, the resulting wine is elevated to a new level worthy of a single block release.

96 points - "Pear and white nectarine, a fair amount of high quality spicy biscuit oak, almond meal, floral with a subtle fennel perfume. Smooth, savoury and saline, fine persistent talc-like texture is a highlight, with a white flower/vanilla and spicy finish of super length and grapefruity zing. Oak needs a little more time to bed in, but here’s a great Chardonnay." - 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.

Winemaker Adrian Rodda A. Rodda

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