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.
Originally the block was planted to Sauvignon Blanc, then pulled out and replanted with the Mendosa clone of Chardonnay on 101-14 rootstock. Different style to the Estate Chardonnay, 1ER and Syberia. Picked early (11.5 baume), whole bunch pressed to tank over night to settle the vineyard dust, then transferred to older barriques for fermentation. It's a very cool block, facing East it only sees the morning sun and planted on a steep block with the rows terraced. Even at low sugars, we get ripeness and richness through the mid palate as flavour is well ahead of sugar in the ripening phase. The wine should age gracefully for 7-10 years.
New single vineyard/block release from Hoddles Creek. East-facing, steep-terraced rows, picked early. It’s a taut, complex style, wiry and long, with white peach, lactose, chalk and oak-spice characters shooting through the palate. It’s lean but just-rich enough, feels brilliantly pure, and has a captivating line of juicy acidity running from start to finish. First sip and I thought: wow this’s good. It’s a wine of cool light. Be fascinating to see how this develops. Tasted: Apr 18; Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $60; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2025+; Rated: 94+ Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
A new wine for Franco D'Anna and a stunning debut. It's all about texture with a hint of white stone fruit and citrus, creamed honey and lees notes. Fuller bodied, but it has that tell-tale line of natural acidity and detail coming from the vineyard. Flinty, quite tangy, pure and astonishingly complex given its youth and vine age. Rating: 95 Points; Jane Faulkner; Gourmet Traveller Wine
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