A. Rodda


Chardonnay 2012 Beechworth
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Curvee De Chez 2011 Beechworth

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Region: Beechworth, Victoria

Winemaker: Adrian 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 coincidence that he was a long-term friend of viticulturist Mark Walpole. Yet further coincidences came with the Smith Vineyard and
winery being available for lease; he now shares it with Mark Walpole, who makes his Beechworth wines there. Even more, was the availability of Smith Vineyard chardonnay, planted in 1974, and thus the release of the first A. Rodda wine. One should hardly be surprised that it is so good.


A 59/16/13/12% Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, malbec and merlot made with very considerable skill; the components were hand-picked and fermented separately, the cabernet component spending an additional 10 days on skins post-fermentation; the colour is a gloriously clear crimson-purple, the bouquet fragrant, the medium-bodied palate with superb line, length and balance to its red and black fruits, the tannins seamless. Enough to seduce the palate of an elderly lover of pinot noir, and an absolutely triumph for '11 James Halliday - Published
On 10 Jul 2013

“The grapes were whole bunch-pressed direct to barrel for a full solids, wild yeast fermentation; following fermentation the wine was immediately sulphured to prevent the onset of mlf and retain natural acidity. This is a totally delicious wine, with intense white peach, grapefruit and French oak seamlessly married on the long palate and aftertaste.” ~ James Halliday on the 2010 BEECHWORTH CHARDONNAY 96 POINTS