Adrian Rodda worked at Oakridge in the Yarra Valley for more than 10 years. At the start of 2010 he moved on to settle in Beechworth to start his own label: A.Rodda. With just four vintages completed the range has grown from one wine in 2010 to the four we see today. The 2012 vintage saw two single vineyard Chardonnays made, one from the oldest vineyard in Beechworth and the other from a similar aged vineyard in the Yarra. He also made a single vineyard Tempranillo from Beechworth and a Bordeaux blend which is driven by a 35 year old Cabernet vineyard. These four wines will be the core of what Adrian offers for the foreseeable future.
With powdery mildew over taking the Smiths Vineyard Adrian search further afield and found the Murrummong Vineyard in Gruyere to play around with. Planted to the Burgundian 76 clone in sandy loam soils, the block has a south-easterly aspect and conditions more akin to those found in cooler, more elevated sites in the Yarra Valley.
Citrusy, leesy, nutty and clean, tight acidity. This is an impressive Chardonnay. It would benefit from a bit of bottle age to knock the edge of the structure but still a ‘wow’ wine.