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.
The 2020 Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir has aromas of red berries and dark cherry which dominate the nose, firm mid palate tannins lead to pleasing acidity on the back.
Strawberry and spice, almond, mint and floral perfume. Light and fresh, plenty of crunch and vivacity, a sappy feel, though flavour is ripe and emphatically red-fruited. Fine dusting of tannin, a slight earthiness, and a bright long finish offering bite and ‘mineral’ feel. Comes up in the glass very well, and I’d say it will perform really well with cellaring. Pure and classic styling. Very good. More to come. Tasted: March 2021; Alcohol: 13.2%; Price: $25; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2030; Rated: 93+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
25yo vines; hand-picked, 100% whole bunch-fermented, 10 months in French oak (25% new). The floral bouquet offers red cherry/berry fruit, spice and violets, the seamless palate adding nuances of forest and gossamer tannins to the expansive finish. Drink to: 2030; Price: $24.99; Alcohol: 13.2%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
Medium ruby-red colour with hint of purple at the rim. Just-crushed raspberries with rosemary herbal aromas. Intense berries on palate entry, with a brightening acidity that gives a lovely lift. As it flows into the middle of the tongue a fine grip of sinewy tannins firms up and focuses the long finish. Food will accentuate the detail here and cellaring would reward your patience. A remarkable value wine. Drink: 2021 to 2032; Price: $25.00; Alcohol: 13.2%; Rating: 93 Points; Stuart Knox; The Real Review
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