Winner - James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2018
Winner - James Halliday - Chardonnay Challenge 2018
544 Wines from 36 Regions Tasted & Judged - this was voted #1
"The cool 2017 vintage in the Yarra Valley resulted in purity, finesse and length in many lovely chardonnays. Adrian Rodda’s wine is a prime example." James Halliday
It's the A Rodda Willow Lake Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017. Yes, the magical 2017 Yarra Valley Valley vintage has struck again! This Rodda Chardonnay is something special and this award is not a fluke. Adrian Rodda spent more than a decade at Oakridge Wines, one of Yarra's best wineries. When you combine that experience with one of the best vintages in 20 years, you know something special will happen..
Earlier in the year, Halliday in his Wine Companion rated it 96 points and talked about "mouthwatering grapefruit flavours." You can buy this wine with absolute confidence. While the big names in Chardonnay are nudging $50+ this A Rodda, which has these more fancied wines covered can be yours for $38.99. It's super limited. Don't delay your purchase!
"Here the intensity of the wine on the palate is expressed through the mouthwatering grapefruit flavours. This, Smiths Vineyard and Baxendale Vineyard all have unmistakable signatures - chardonnay isn't being used to do tricks, this is terroir (in the full sense of that term) speaking loud and clear. 96 Points". James Halliday Wine Companion.
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!