Adrian Rodda is not quite the household name, he perhaps deserves to be. His label is a bit downbeat, reflecting the hard vineyard work, but his wine is certainly not.
The 2017 A. Rodda Willow Lake Chardonnay comes from a well regarded vineyard in the Yarra Valley. His former employer, Oakridge, makes a wine from there. This wine is a fuller expression of grapefruit, passionfruit, and white peach. The wine is elegant and smooth, with a firm acidic backbone and a balanced finish.
This is a modern take on Chardonnay, but not of the wimpish kind which tends to be so popular right now.