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.
The 2017 vintage in the Yarra Valley will go down as one of the classics. A long season, with enough rainfall to support growth without the need for irrigation. This Chardonnay is sourced from our Top Paddock vineyard and is made only in the years deemed suitable for this label. The wine is fermented in 15% new oak (it changes depending on the season) and is stored in cask fro 12 months then a further 3 months in stainless tank over winter. Spending two winters in the cellar enables us to bottle this wine without filtration, fining or stabilisation. This wine shows classic Upper Yarra Valley characters, some melon, struck match with a great finish. The only addition this wine sees is a small amount of sulphur at bottling. A wine to drink now or to cellar with confidence.
There’s a lot to admire with Hoddles Creek Estate and the decision to employ no new oak on the grapes destined for this 1er release is one of them. This is swish. Straw-yellow in colour, stone fruit riddled, shy on the nose but textural and alive on the palate. A gentle creaminess, spice notes, slate even, honeysuckle and toast. Extremely pure. Flowing robes of flavour. Grapefruit-like bite to the aftertaste, as a distinct positive. It’s still gathering itself but already it’s a treat to drink. A beautiful, beautiful wine. Alcohol: 13.2%; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019 - 2025; Rated: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Tank sample as it is bottling in August 2018. Sweet, fragrant chardonnay with super delicate florals, honeysuckle and jasmine and lemon blossoms. Some peaches, nectarines and lemons, too. The palate has a superb core of power and fleshy ripe fruit pulp. Layered and complex. It really builds into the long finish. Drink on release or hold. Rated: 95-96 Points; Nick Stock; James Suckling
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