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A.Rodda ‘Smiths’ Beechworth Chardonnay 2018

Chardonnay from Beechworth, Victoria, Australia


$38ea in any 3+
$36ea in any 6+
Closure: Screw Cap
Adrian's 2018's have followed on where the 2017's left off. The harmony, texture and personality are all there!


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 Smith’s is a lovely generous core of fruit. Balanced by a juicy line of acid. Fine texture, so pure, long and delicious. Still very youthful. A year or two in bottle will do wonders. A nice little bit of funk layers in, feels a little like a pillow for your tongue! The flavours build after you’ve swallowed it. A playful beauty.

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

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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 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 Beechworth region; the shaley red Ordovician soil and the granitic soil.

The vineyard has a gentle easterly aspect with the back half of the block more south facing.


Grapes were hand picked and pressed to 500 litre French oak puncheons (about 1/3rd % 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.

95 Points

It's complex. It's refreshing. It's flavoursome. Everything just falls into place from the texture, the tight line of acidity to the sweetish stone fruit, lemon rind and spices. Oak is neatly integrated and the wine Immediately pleasing.

Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion

Where in the world does the magic happen?

A.Rodda Beechworth