2021 Hoddles Creek SKINS 500ml

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Pinot Gris on skins - a brand new wine from Hoddles. 500ml of true Pinot Gris, copper-coloured, generously stone-fruited and with lovely spicy grip.

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There has been Hoddles skin-contact Gris on Skins before but this is now full-bore orange wine - perhaps that's why we have to capitalise SKINS? Or are they just shouting?

Inspired by the skinsy wines of Sicily, this is fresh PG, kept on skins for 12 days in an open vessel, with regular hand plunging.

Bottle in a new cool 500ml large Gris grenade bottle, this was a gently bitter pleasure, with concentrated flavours of apple and pear, with ginger and exotic spices notes throughout.

The 'SKINS' project was initiated back in 2012 when I did a harvest at Passopisciaro on Mt Etna in Sicily. Back then with Pinot Gris, I would have put it in the same category as Sauvignon Blanc. Being quite boring to grow, simple to make and not a wine I would want to drink. Then came that moment on Etna, where the belief is that some varieties the flavour is in the skins and not in the pulp. With Pinot Gris being a shade lighter than Pinot Noir in colour, why didn't we use the skins to get some flavour that the variety was desperately lacking?

For the 2021 vintage, it was a delight making this wine. A cooler season, meant we could keep the Gris out in the vineyard longer without the risk of sunburn or excess alcohol. Having the fruit hang longer, gives you better tannins. When a wine is fermented on skins, it's the type of tannin that influences how you treat it during fermentation. A cool long season results in fine tannin, as they reach a greater level of phenolic ripeness.

95 Points - "Spicy, musky, perfumed, but with a sort of wet clay bass that's just so appealing. There's brown pear and cherry, ripe strawberry, raw almonds. It's fresh, fleshy, with a suede-like tannin texture, all savoury yet succulent, cool acidity, and again that juicy brown pear and spiced strawberry finish of fine length and emery tannin grip. Wonderful. Knocked it out of the park. More like this from Hoddles Creek, please." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Hoddles Creek Estate

Hoddles Creek Estate lays 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 crafts 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'Anna - Yarra Valley, VIC Discover Hoddles Creek

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