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.
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 region; the shaley red Ordivician soil and the granitic soil. The vineyard has a gentle easterly aspect with the back half of the block more south-facing. The 2012 harvest date was 20th February.
Despite being from Beechworth these wines are all about restraint, tautness and subtlety. Sure, they still taste like Beechworth Chardonnay with bold fruit but the depth of flavour and the structure keep this wine firmly in check and a wonderful wine.