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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.

Estate-grown, six clones separately fermented, 25% whole bunches, 21 days on skins, matured for 10 months in French oak (25% new). Superb colour, both in hue and clarity; the perfumed bouquet of red berries and plums sets the scene for the perfectly balanced and very long palate, with a contrast between its juicy fruits and fine-grained tannins. This is a ridiculous bargain, whether enjoyed tonight or in a decade. Drink by: 2025; Date Tasted: July 2016; Alcohol: 13.2%; Rating: 96 Points; Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion

Beautiful pale garnet colour. Sucker for that in Australian pinot noir. A little bit of neuro-linguistic programming as the sticker on the bottle does say ‘looking for more tannin, better tannin’, but this wine does present as mostly about simple, pure fruit and quality of tannin and texture. Those tannins are notable, glorious, etched with feathery detail, gently-gently builds to a light pucker that dries the palate perfectly. Superb. Flavours and aromas come with charisma of cherries, faint truffle, earth, light tobacco, but you go back for that palate feel, time and time again. Ludicrous price. Must buy. Must share. Rating: 93 Points; Drink: 2016-2025+; Date Tasted: April 2016; Alcohol: 13.2%; Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

Pure raspberry fruit, with some cherry in support, spice, wet earth, pencils and an almost liquorice root perfume. Light to medium bodied, with a tense almost sinewy texture, mass of fine-point tannin, pencilly ‘mineral’ feel and the tannin and sweet damp earth singing on the finish. Can’t recall a better release of the Estate Pinot Noir. Incredible sophistication for its price. Rating: 94 Points; Drink: 2018-2028+; Date Tasted: April 2016; Alcohol: 13.2%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front


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