Having spent time as assistant winemaker to David Bicknell at Oakridge it’s fitting that Adrian Rodda’s first release under his eponymous label is a Chardonnay. It’s an exciting debut, full of energy and verve. As an aside, I’m quite taken with the textured varnish label too. Reminds me of skateboard grip tape.
All manner of pleasing aromas and flavours are on show; fresh pineapple, white peach, caramel cream, honeyed lemon drops and grapefruit. Spicy nougat barrel work is apparent but the bustling fruit is firmly in the spotlight. A spine of spry minerality ensures that a linear dimension is maintained even as the wine sidles up to a broader note of rockmelon on the midpalate. The finish is emphatic. Very Good – Excellent
Tasted: November 2011