A.Rodda ‘Willow Lake’ Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018

The Willow Lake has excellent depth and length, with the acid to match the fruit intensity. It needs the most time to resolve of Adrian's 3 Chardonnays. When it does it is going to be freaky good.

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 Willow Lake has excellent depth and length, with the acid to match the fruit intensity. It needs the most time to resolve of Adrian’s 3 Chardonnays. When it does it is going to be freaky good. An extra edge of funk plays beautifully, the wine has the backbone of fruit to handle it. Pithy with a fine texture. Such a joy to devour!

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

$40.00
$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

A section of Willow Lake Vineyard’s Parkinsons Road Block was planted in 1979 in brown gradational soils over clay at an elevation of 270 metres above sea level.

Unlike the majority of the Willow Lake Vineyard, the Parkinsons Road Block has a southerly aspect, with a consistent gradient across the entire block.

Winemaking

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.

96 Points

A cracking chardonnay that's pure class. Tight and linear with intense flavours of citrus and white stone fruit, ginger flower and moreish sulphides. Complex, deep with a very long finish. Wow.

Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion

Where in the world does the magic happen?

A.Rodda Beechworth

Australia

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Victoria

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Yarra Valley

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