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 bouquet is very complex ex well controlled barrel fermentation. The palate has focus and balance, the grapes picked at precisely the right moment, the fruit flavours of white peach, grapefruit and Granny Smith apple in perfect balance and harmony, the length that of top Yarra Valley chardonnay. Yarra Valley chardonnay responds like a violin in the hands of an 18th century musician - Bach, Mozart or Vivaldi. Drink to: 2028; Price: $50.00; Date Tasted: Sep 2019; Alcohol: 13.2%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
There’s a little struck match and perhaps more spicy cedar oak this vintage, though it’s by no means excessive. Grapefruit and ripe lemon, but also nudging into some tropical fruit flavour too. There’s a fine powdery texture, intensity of acidity, some aniseed perfume, along with wheatgerm and ginger trailing on a juicy and tight finish. It’s a flavoursome iteration of this wonderful wine, and likely ready to drink earlier than some; no bad thing. Tasted: Aug 19; Alcohol: 13.2%; Price: $50; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2026+; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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