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If you want to know how to make cracking Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for a great price, the one guy you probably want to learn from is Hoddles Creek's Franco D'Anna. So that's just what Chris Bendle did. He's been making wine at Hoddles since 2010 and something is definitely rubbing off on him. There are strands of DNA that the two brands share; namely freshness, approachability and excellent value. The 2016 Pinot Noir is a little more fruit forward than the HC Pinot but has drinkability in spades. Mike Bennie labelled the 2016 "superb value" in his recent review. The 2016 DCB Pinot Noir is a guilt-free, quality Pinot that you can rip the top off any night of the week.
What it Tastes Like
"More superb value from the assistant winemaker at Hoddles Creek. Peppery spice, faint balsamic, rose petal, cherries, maraschino. Juicy, plush, soft and gently sweet in the palate. Good length, freshness, vitality. Just lovely." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Gold Medal - 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show 92 points "You're out with friends, you want to drink well but also go home with money in your wallet. This fits the bill, as it were. Supple juicy fruit, tangy cherries and pips, a whiff of oak spice, soft tannins and drinkability by the bucket load." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 92 points. "More superb value from the assistant winemaker at Hoddles Creek. Peppery spice, faint balsamic, rose petal, cherries, maraschino. Juicy, plush, soft and gently sweet in the palate. Good length, freshness, vitality. Just lovely." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2020
About the Producer
f you want to know how to make cracking Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for a great price, the one guy you probably want to learn from is Hoddles Creek’s Franco D’Anna. So that’s just what Chris Bendle did. He’s been making wine at Hoddles since 2010 and something is definitely rubbing off on him. There are strings of DNA that the two brands share; namely freshness, approachability and excellent value.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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