A Rodda Smiths Beechworth Chardonnay 2019


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MB: A year of rain and shade in vineyard with grapes grown a little leaner and more reserved for following flavour. Grapefruit! Spicy whiffs, flint and warm steel, rips along the palate with searing acidity and bracing, minerally feel. It’s of that racier, leaner style, skeletal and fierce but very refreshing. A fine, powdery finish lends character too. Brace yourself. Rated : 94+ Points, Tasted : May21, Alcohol : 13%, Closure : Screwcap, Drink : 2021 - 2028

Smiths Vineyard is the oldest Vineyard in modern Beechworth Viticulture.
The Smiths Vineyard was planted in 1978 at an elevation of 550 metres above sea level at the cross-over between the two soil types that define the Beechworth region; the shaley red Ordovician soil and the granitic soil.
The vineyard has a gentle easterly aspect with the back half of the block more south facing. Grapes were hand picked and pressed to 500 litre French oak puncheons (39% 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. 2019 harvest date: 22th February, Bottled: 3rd of Feb 2019

Tasting note; Intense aromas of citrus pith and ripe white stone fruit are complexed with burnt match and toast. The combination of lees, natural acidity and
phenolics create a mouthfeel that is full and creamy yet long and savoury.