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.
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
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