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.
High quality clones, hand-picked, crushed and destemmed, fermented in tank with wild and cultured yeast, matured in French oak (25% new) for 10 months. Small wonder that my head snapped back when I tasted the wine before reading the vinification notes - it's fresh and juicy right through to the mid-palate, before some of the complexity makes its appearance. A vintage response. Drink to: 2026; Price: $22.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2020; Alcohol: 13.2%; Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
It's a juicy one this year, offering plenty of peach and pear flavour, a little oatmeal, cashew and cinnamon, but with a pink grapefruit tang. It's flinty and spicy, a ball of flavour that pulls longer, and tighter on the finish. There's a little struck match complexity and a whole lot more than a little in terms of enjoyment. It's very good drinking already. Tasted: April 2020; Alcohol: 13.2%; Price: $22; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2024+; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Price hasn’t changed in 2 years. Best bang for buck Chardonnay in the country. Come at me with any other suggestions (excluding Hoddles’ own Wickham’s Road range). Crumbly peach /stone fruit cobbler and grapefruit citrus with a hint of bittersweet pineapple core and fig. Easy sulphide complexity with a touch of snuffed match and balanced oak giving vanilla whisps . Wonderfully balanced: a firm phenolic grip, clean precise tangy fruit and a bright finish. Outstanding value. Back the truck up. Alcohol: 13.2%; Price: $22; Closure: Screwcap; Rated: 18.5 (20.0) Points; Regan Drew; VinoNoteBook
Light yellow colour, with a subtle toasty note on the nose and a hint of hessian, and a slightly burnt-charred note. The palate has remarkable depth and intensity for its price, coupled with a trace of bitterness and a very light trace of tannin on the follow-through. It's great value for money. Rated: 91 Points; Huon Hooke
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