Hoddles Creek Estate was established in 1997 when the D'Anna family decided to establish a vineyard on the property that has been in the family since 1960. The vineyard sits astride Gembrook road and adjacent Hoddles Creek. Its steeply sloping blocks prohibit mechanical harvesting, with both vineyards being hand pruned and harvested. All our wines, which are single vineyard, estate grown, are made in our 300 tonne winery, constructed for the 2003 vintage. The split-level winery has a barrel store located three meters underground. Hoddles Creek Estate is planted with 10ha of pinot noir (five clones), 6 ha of chardonnay, 1ha each of sauvignon blanc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, and 1.5ha of pinot gris.
Eight estate-grown clones, 80% crushed and destemmed, 20% whole bunches, mix of wild and cultured yeasts, 100% barrel-fermented in French oak (25% new), matured for 10 months. Sits comfortably alongside its Pinot Noir sibling, with the same attention to detail and similar over-delivery against price expectations. White peach, melon grapefruit and French oak are spun so tightly together it's hard to weigh up their individual contributions, and not necessary to do so. Drink By: 2025; Price: $20.00; Date tasted:21 Jul 2016; Alcohol: 13.2%; Rating: 95 Points; Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion
Love the way it smells all serious and proper-like. Fancy chardonnay welcomes you in. Grapefruit, green apple, coating of raw almond, sandalwood oak and faint wet fern character. In the palate, starburst of clean, clear fruit flavour cool minty breeze follows, faint oatmeal, and the wine finishes steely, a touch tinny and watery, a little tacky from oak, but ultra forgivable at price. So much to enjoy. Indeed, this is one of the great bargains of the wine world. Rating: 91 Points; Drink: 2016-2025; Price: $22; Date Tasted: April 2016; Alcohol: 13.2%; Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
These Hoddles Creek Chardonnays always look better with a year or two to settle, and you need to look ahead, and see what’s to come. Subtle whiff of struck match, almond, ladies’ perfume, white peach and a dab of vanilla and dough. It’s bouncy and juicy as a youngster, with white peach and weak lime flavours, almond milk complexity, flinty lightly chalky texture, and a clean finish of good length and purity. Ripper. Rating: 92+ Points; Drink: 2018-2025+; Price: $22; Date Tasted: April 2016; Alcohol: 13.2%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
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