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.
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
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
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