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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.

A warmer year in a cooler site is often a winning combination. No 1er made this year, as I understand it. Ripe grapefruit, peach, almond nougat, fennel, a dusting of spice, slight struck match. Light and fresh, good burst of peach and citrus, crunch of limey acidity, some flinty texture, and a gently viscous and nougat tinged aftertaste. It has length and flavour, and feels open for play straight away, though showed even better the next day. Like this a lot. Touch and go for 94 points. Tasted: April 2017; Alcohol: 13.2%; Price: $22; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2026; Rating: 93+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

This wine deserves a little care and attention before drinking as it has more complexity than is normally seen in wines of this price, thus needs to be treated accordingly. There are a lot of secondary characters in this wine, immediately evident on opening, though the fruit is a little subdued at first so decanting will help the wine to bloom. Attractive almond meal aromas introduce a delicately fruity palate that is fresh, taut and flavoursome. It has lemon, sugared-almond and fresh pear flavours. A savoury vein runs through the length of the wine giving balance to the sweet fruit. It is a well-crafted drop that is a steal at this price. Food: Poached chicken salad with sesame quinoa; Alcohol: 13.2%; Ageing: now to 2021; Rating: 92 Points; Toni Paterson MW; Real Review

The bouquet and palate are at the midpoint between white peach et al and pink grapefruit et al. When you consider the mix of the very best clones, hand picking, the use of the Who's Who of French coopers, the price is a year-in, year-out bargain. Drink by: 2031; Price: $21.00; Date Tasted: Jun 2017; Alcohol: 13.2%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of the Year 2017; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion




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