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.
A section of Willow Lake Vineyard’s Parkinsons Road Block was planted in 1979 in brown, gradational soils over clay at an elevation of 270 metres above sea level. Unlike the majority of the Willow Lake Vineyard, the Parkinsons Road block has a southerly aspect, with a consistent gradient across the entire block. The 2012 harvest date was 2nd March
Adrian sure knows how to retain acidity in his Chards. Thankfully there is some rich fruit and some nutty, savoury notes to lay over the top of the structure. A few year in bottle wouldn’t hurt this wine at all.