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One of the first vineyards to be established in the modern Yarra Valley, Yarra Yering was founded in the early 1970s by Dr Bailey Carrodus. Dr. Carrodus served as winemaker until just prior to his death in September 2008 when he installed Paul Bridgeman.
Yarra Yering supplements the traditional Yarra Valley picks of cool climate pinot noir and chardonnay with an impressive array of red blends. Dr. Carrodus's first vintage (1973) brought forth his now iconic Dry Red #1 and Dry Red #2, a cabernet sauvignon and shiraz blend respectively. Since then, the range has expanded to include a number of red and white blends, as well as a some straight releases (pinot noir, shiraz, chardonnay and viognier).
The wines can vary considerably from vintage to vintage, but drinkers can bank on the releases being complex and very individual interpretations of the fruit and the terroir. Yarra Yering is not a "typical" approach to the Yarra Valley.
Dr. Carrodus's vineyard is second to none (perhaps an exaggeration...) in the Yarra Valley. It has expanded to 70+ acres of North and West facing slopes. It is adjacent to the ex-Halliday owned Coldstream Hills property, just outside of Gruyere.