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 wines are single vineyard and estate grown.
Light but intense. Grapefruit, almond meal, white rice, a slight fresh mint perfume, and some lemon zest. Tight and tangy, but with a fine cashew richness, plenty of grapefruit and chalk dust texture. Finish is mouth-watering and long. Really like this release, and would suggest it needs a year or two more for best results. Tasted: March 2021; Alcohol: 13.2%; Price: $22; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2028+; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Seven clones; barrel-fermented (25% new), part wild, part cultured yeast; 9 months in oak, the impact subtle in a wine with both finesse and intensity. Grapefruit and Granny Smith apple drive the long palate, crisp acidity to close. Drink to: 2030; Price: $22; Alcohol: 13.2%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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