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2018 Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Gris

Yarra Valley, VIC

Year after year the county's best value Pinot Gris. Such delicious drinking. No brainer!

$22.00

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About The Wine

Hoddles Creek, under the guidance of Franco D'Anna, continue to push the boundaries of value for money in Australian wine.

The latest release of their Pinot Gris is an almost unrivaled value proposition. It's made with care and intent. The fruit picked in two stages; the first is foot stomped immediately to allow the juice to make contact with the skins, picking up vital phenolics and texture.

Once the natural ferment kicks off, the fruit is pressed and sent to barrel. The second batch was made, in essence, like a red wine - fermented on skins for a week and pressed once dry.

If you want to see this variety in full flight, you need to try this wine. For $22, this is as good as Australian Pinot Gris gets.

About Hoddles Creek Estate

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, the Hoddles team craft wonderful Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in particular that seriously overdeliver at all price-points.

The wines are all made from fruit grown on their family vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley.

A must try for Yarra Valley fans and bargain hunters alike!

Winemaker Franco D
Winemaker Franco D'Anna
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

After making Pinot Gris conventionally since 2002, I was fed up making the same boring wine. Not only did I loath to make it, I didn’t enjoy drinking it. I guess that energy flowed to the wine.

In 2013, I decided to try something different, and instead of trying to take the colour out, I would make it as I think it should be made. Wine is really risk and reward. I really didn’t like the grape so I decided to take some risks that we wouldn’t normally take. We began experimenting and each year we try push those boundaries a bit further.

 So for 90% of the blend we:

Hand pick into bins. As soon as it’s picked we foot stomp the bins to release the juice so it can be in contact with the skins. No sulphur is added. We then chill the bins down to 12 degrees and wait for fermentation to begin.Near the completion of ferment, we press straight into old white barriques to finish fermentation.

Blend : Pinot Gris (100%)
ABV : 13.0%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Franco tasting from barrel
Franco tasting from barrel
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Blushed salmon and copper with an orange tinge. It's smoky, savoury and round. Mandarin, white pear and orange peel on a bed of grippy tannin. It's pulled tight by the skinsy component. Crunchy and minerally but with a generous weight behind it. Delicious wine. - Different Drop Wine Team

91Points
The Wine Front

"It’s a tightly wound expression, slender in shape, refreshing with tangy acidity, fragrant in red berry and floral perfume, though flavours are a touch washed out in the fray. That being said, the chalkiness to texture, the chew and bite of skinsy fruit personality, and the general ease of drinking, all play a part in ‘recommendation’ here. It’s a paired back release this year, more ‘Provencale rose’ than Radikon Kisi, but the drinkability and general sense of deliciousness is all there." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mix pack!

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Warehouse Pickup Due to some restrictions on our warehouse lease agreement and COVID concerns we are no longer offering Warehouse Pickup as an option and will be delivering all orders moving forward. Delivery is free (for orders over $149) and fast so please select one of our great delivery options at checkout. Sorry for any inconvenience caused by this change! The Different Drop Team.

Express Same Day Delivery is available for Sydney postcodes within 10km of the CBD. There is a $10 delivery surcharge and the order is needs to be placed before 12pm midday weekdays for same day delivery. Express courier deliveries cannot be left unattended and require a receiver signature.

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FaQs
Do I have to order in dozens?

No, please mix it up! You can order wines in any quantity and variation you like. You can order 1 bottle or 50. We challenge you to make the ultimate mixed pack of wine!

Are there volume discounts?

No our pricing is aiming to the best in the market already. For very large orders (weddings etc) we are open to negotiating though. Just give us a call. How does the price match work?

Everyday Low & Consistent Pricing is something we strongly believe in. We want our customers to feel confident they are always getting the best price. If you see a price lower somewhere else let us know and we'll match it. We'll even retrospectively refund you if you have already purchased from us but you see a lower price somewhere later on. Our price match policy can be seen here.

I am trying to add more of a wine to my cart but it won’t let me?

This means we are running low on stock of that wine. So for example, if the website will only allow you to add 3 bottles and no more, then that is all we have of that particular wine. The good news is we may be able to order more for you. Just contact us on 1300 668 385 or hello@differentdrop.com and we'll organise the additional quantity for you.

Does Different Drop have a physical store?

No, not really. More of a warehouse/office. We do however offer a Click & Collect option from our warehouse in Ultimo, Sydney. Our warehouse address for Click & Collect is: F5A, 42 Wattle St, Ultimo, 2007

Can I special order a wine you do not sell?

If it’s doable, then we’ll make it happen. Just contact us directly via phone, chat or email and we’ll find out for you right away. Please note that in most cases special orders such as these will need to be in full case lots (6 or 12 bottles).

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