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2018 Hoddles Creek Road Block Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

Stunning single block Chardonnay bottling from the great Hoddles Creek Estate vineyard. 98 points, tiny amounts made.

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$55.00

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About The Wine

The 'Road Block' is the newest Chardonnay addition to the Hoddles Creek Estate stable. A single block wine from the steep East-facing portion of the family vineyard.

Their prowess with the variety is well known, rarely does Franco D'Anna miss with this variety. When he says this deserved its own bottling, you bet your boots there is a reason for it. 

The kind of wine that will reward the patient. 98 points from James Halliday and another top release from Franco & co.

About Hoddles Creek

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

New single block wine for Hoddles Creek Estate.

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.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Franco tasting from barrel
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98Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"From an east-facing contoured vineyard that catches all the morning sun. Perfectly ripened white stone fruit with a quick squeeze of Meyer lemon. Has been fermented and matured in French oak in such a way as to leave the gorgeous fruit centre stage, the palate of endless length." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

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2018 Hoddles Creek Road Block Chardonnay

Easy drinking now but I think it will develop further with cellaring. Lovely long finish

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