Hoddles Creek Syberia Chardonnay 2013
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.
‘Syberia’ is Franco D’Anna’s nickname for the highest block at Hoddles Creek (rows E-W), so likely the coldest, I’m guessing. Whole bunch pressed straight to barrel, with no additions, fining or filtration. 100 dozen made.
This is a cooler, leaner style, though it does not lack richness. It tastes of stonefruit and citrus and brine, with plenty of milky and savoury flavours, a whisper of cinnamon oak and pastry dough. Cool flavours, fleshy feel, but with stony acidity. Length is super. Don’t mock me, but served blind I might pick it as Raveneau. Feels very natural and unforced. It’s not so much about fruit, as texture and length. Beautiful wine. Rating: 95+ Points; Drink: 2016-2023+; Price: $60; Date Tasted: Nov 2015; Alcohol: 12.7%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
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