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A. Rodda ‘Baxendale Vineyard’ Chardonnay
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 (36% first use) without clarification or racking for non-temperature controlled fermentation.
Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged so as to preserve freshness and natural acidity. The wine was rested on it lees for 10 months prior to bottling.
Taut and textural but there's plenty of energy here and it has the flavour to match. Apple, nectarine and peach flavours with flashes of cedar, custard and wood smoke. It's a wine with pure, long lines. 94pts - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Companion
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