A.Rodda ‘Baxendale’ Whitlands Chardonnay 2018

The latest addition to Adrian's Chardonnay range. The Baxendale is supple plush, clean & long. For mine the most immediately approachable

Australian Chardonnay just keeps getting better and better. Last year I was tasting a line of OK white Burgundy then moved onto A.Rodda’s Chardonnays & BOOM! They’re superb wines. The 2018’s have followed on where the 2017’s left off.

The Baxendale is supple plush, clean & long. For mine the most immediately approachable. The acid a bit more resolved. Oak nicely balanced, edge of pithy stuff. Florals, cirtus, and white nectarine. Superfine texture. A delicate little number that is plenty of fun. A tasty beverage.

It certainly has that ‘W’ factor that gives it the extra bit of personality.

$38ea in any 3+, $36ea in any 6+

Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Adrian has done his time and earned his stripes. He’s consistently making excellent wines, particularly his range of delicious Chardonnay’s.

About A.Rodda

‘Adrian Rodda has been winemaking since 1998, almost entirely working with David Bicknell at Oakridge. He was thus involved in the development of the superb Oakridge 864 Chardonnay, his final contribution to 864 coming in 2009. At the start of 2010 he and his wife Christie, a doctor, and their small but growing family, decided to move to Beechworth, and it was no co-incidence that he was a long-term friend of viticulturist Mark Walpole. Yet further co-incidences came with the Smith vineyard and winery being available for lease, which he now shares with Mark Walpole. Even more, was the availability of Smith Vineyard Chardonnay, planted in 1978, and thus the release of the first ARodda wines. One should hardly be surprised that it is so good.’
James Halliday 

The Vineyard

The Baxendale Vineyard, situated just north of the Mansfield-Whitfield Road, was planted in 1995 in tertiary volcanic soils over rhyolite at 600 metres above sea level. The block has a consistent northerly aspect. This a very unique part of the King Valley most of which rests at considerably lower altitude.


Grapes were hand picked and pressed to 500 litre French oak puncheons (about 1/3rd 36% first use) without clarification or racking for non-temperature controlled, natural fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged so as to preserve freshness and natural acidity. The wine was rested on it lees for 9 months prior to bottling.

94 Points

All of Adrian Rodda's single vineyard Chardonnays are made identically hence site comes to the fore, Baxendale has the highest elevation at 600m. Yet it is flavoursome with stone fruit, apple, daikon, bitter melon and a smoky, creamy lees character. Lightly framed and savoury and refreshing.

Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion

Where in the world does the magic happen?

A.Rodda Beechworth





King Valley