• 2021 A. Rodda Baxendale Vineyard Chardonnay

2021 A. Rodda Baxendale Vineyard Chardonnay

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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.
Grapes were hand picked and pressed to 500 litre French oak puncheons (34% first use) without clarification or racking for non-temperature controlled fermentation. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine was immediately sulphured to preserve freshness and acidity and rested on its lees for 12 months. The wine was transferred to tank for a further 4 months prior to bottling.
Highly lifted aromas of red apples and meadow flowers are complexed with secondary characters of wax and flint. The mouthfeel is lithe with intense minerality and creamy/lees texture supported by refined acidity giving the wine focus and great length of palate.
- A. Rodda