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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.
Essentially we are treating this like a red wine. We make it this way to try get a balance between aroma and tannin ripeness. The stalks from the first treatment add some fine tannins and obviously you get a lot more tannin from the second treatment. We try and find a balance in between depending on the year. Franco D'Anna
Franco, bless him, makes a proper Pinot Gris. Seven days on skins here, although it could go more. A week’s not a long time in the world of wine. Beurre bosc pears, and their skin texture with it, peach and strawberry, a little spice and musky perfume. It’s fresh and crisp, but soft and flavoursome too, you can almost imagine it drizzling down your chin as you drink, skinsy tannin shapes the finish, and bright acidity too. Bloody good. Bargain. Tasted: Sept 19; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $23; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2023; Rated: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
While pinot gris/grigio has taken a chunk of market-share off sauvignon blanc, it’s often held in the same regard when it comes to diversity in style. Hoddles Creek has worked hard to shape their own style, with whole bunch fermentation and time on skins giving their much-anticipated release a bolder and more serious personality than most. Salmon pink in the glass – confident. There’s a reductive element at play ahead of savoury, skinsy aromas. Pink pears and pear skins, a lovely sense of grip – intense, with compact fruit. Mandarin and bruised red apples. It has excellent length, under-written by skin tannin and whole bunch work. Benchmark. Ageing: now to 2025; Rating: 95 Points; Nick Butler; The Real Review
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