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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.

Regardless of price point, we aim to make the best possible wine from the fruit we are given. Single vineyard wines that are handpicked and pruned ensure quality of fruit. In the winery we don't manipulate the wines. We are a small team that focuses on delivering quality and personality with our wines. The fact they are good value is a bonus. Franco D'Anna; James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine; March 2016.

Says winemaker Franco D'Anna, 'I was fed up making the same boring wine.' All that has now changed. In winemaking terms: 70% goes to (old) barrels, and 30% spends time on skins. 'Essentially we are treating this like a red wine.' It tastes of apple and slate, spice and almonds. It has mouthfeel. It has a chalky quality. It has interest. It's quite superb and, given the price, a steal. Price: $22.00; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine

I don’t have the press release to hand (rarely read them) but enjoyed winemaker Franco D’Anna moaning about how much he hated making Pinot Gris, so decided to mix it up a little with this one. Sporting a fair old eye of the partridge colour (it’s the thrill of the fight), Beurré Bosc pear, almonds and a dusting of spice. Light to medium bodied, crisp and juicy with green apple acidity, that pear flavour again, and a gentle tjuz of chalky texture. Almost a watermelon and ginger ice freshness in the aftertaste. Well done. Versatile too. Tasted : Sep15; Alcohol : 12.8%; Price : $22; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2015 - 2019; Rated : 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front



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