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For Pinot Noir lovers across the country, the quest to find affordable, interesting Pinot Noir that makes you blush like only Pinot can, is a constant one.
One of the heroes of this much sought after style is undoubtedly the Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir.
Made by Yarra Valley maestro Franco D’Anna, this is pure Pinot Noir to its core. It’s earthy, lifted, vibrant and just unbelieveably drinkable.
With 93 points from Gary Walsh and his comments that “Hoddles Creek probably about the best $20 you can spend on Australian Pinot Noir. It’s almost ludicrous.” It’s great to know you can still get great Pinot for under $25!
What It Tastes Like
“It’s rosy, slightly peppery, red fruited, almost minerally, with spicy biscuit oak gently folded in. Light to medium bodied, fine sweep of emery board tannin, fine acidity, bright and fine boned, with no annoying sweet and sour flavours, and a firm insistently tannic finish. Serious Pinot satisfaction here.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
93 points. “Hoddles Creek probably about the best $20 you can spend on Australian Pinot Noir. It’s almost ludicrous.
It’s rosy, slightly peppery, red fruited, almost minerally, with spicy biscuit oak gently folded in. Light to medium bodied, fine sweep of emery board tannin, fine acidity, bright and fine boned, with no annoying sweet and sour flavours, and a firm insistently tannic finish. Serious Pinot satisfaction here.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
93 points. “A pretty and fragrant pinot of lifted rose hip and red cherry and strawberry fruit. It’s bright and tangy, celebrating the crunch of Upper Yarra acidity and a fine-ground, mineral tannin profile of confidence and integration. A splendid result for Hoddles Creek’s toughest vintage yet, lifted by the inclusion of their 1er fruit.”
- Tyson Stelzer (Tyson Stelzer's Australian and New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017)
Red berries and dark cherry dominate the nose, firm mid palate tannins lead to pleasing acidity on the back.
All fruit is hand-picked in the morning and immediately de-stemmed with no crushing. In tank the fruit will have a small addition of sulphur. Some batches were left to cold soak for approximately 4-5 days, whilst others started fermentation immediately. Natural and cultured yeasts were used on different ferments. Pigage and delastage were used for cap management. Some ferments will undergo post maceration, depending on the tannin structure and the style of the wine. On completion of fermentation the wine was gently pressed and transferred to 30% new, 30% one year old and the balance in two and three year old oak, After 11 months of barrel maturation, the wine was assembled and bottled without filtration or fining.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2026
About the Producer
Hoddles Creek lay a serious claim to being one of the best value producers in Australia. Led by the extremely hardworking winemaking guru Franco D’Anna, Hoddles craft wonderful Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in particular that seriously overdeliver at all price-points.
The wines are all crafted from fruit grown on their family owned vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley. A must try for Yarra Valley fans and bargain hunters alike!
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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