In 1969 after a long search for the perfect site, Carrodus planted 12 hectares of vines at the foot of the Warramate Hills. He named his vineyard Yarra Yering and in 1973 produced the first vintage of Dry Red Wine No’s 1 & 2. The wines were and continue to be made in the Carrodus built winery, with purpose built equipment; small batch fermentation and hand pressing in small basket presses.
Vines: Original 1969 plantings of Shiraz and Marsanne with additional Shiraz, Mataro & Viognier drawn from vines planted from 1984 to 1995.
Fruit was hand-picked, bunch sorted and destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters. As much whole berry as possible is retained to encourage perfume. Some stalks were added back to some of the fermenters in order to contribute structure and aroma. Some fermenters added frozen Viognier skins to the bottom, some with Marsanne skins. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, 30% new before blending and bottling.