2022 Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

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Only released in the vintages when Franco D'Anna deems the quality is outstanding, the Hoddles Creek 1er Pinot Noir is one of the benchmark wines in the Yarra Valley.
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Now firmly ensconced as one of the Yarra Valley's most collectable Pinot Noirs, the 1er from Hoddles Creek never disappoints.

This immaculate vineyard in the Upper Yarra produces some of the region's finest fruit, and this vintage's yields were particularly fantastic. The winemaking was gentle, without much tinkering at all in the cellar, with the team at Hoddles saying "the wine pretty much made itself".

A wine of remarkable value and world class quality - if you're a lover of Pinot Noir then this is a must buy. This is Australian Pinot Noir at its very best.

"Superb wine that demands a bit of time in the bottle to blossom fully. It's well on the way now to a great glass of pinot noir."
- 95 pts, Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

The philosophy is simple with Pinot Noir, you can’t make it to a recipe when it comes to cap management. You need to look at the wine every 6 hours and determine the best way forward. Tannins during fermentation change all the time, and great tannin really determines the best red wines in the world. Each vintage, each block and the varying nature of the micro-climate the block sits in also changes the tannin make up with the wine. During hot years, it’s easy to extract tannin but it’s not really desirable tannin as the fruit ripens quite quick and doesn’t give enough time for tannin development on the vine. We are quite gentle in these years and only really pull out the tannin we want during the latter stages of fermentation. In a year like 2021, the wine pretty much made itself. Not a lot of work in the winery.

The Pinot Noir for this wine comes from our Top Paddock Vineyard. There are 28 rows of pinot planted in this block, which is West facing and sloping to the South. The fact that it slopes down to the South is really important as it enables us to include about 25% whole clusters to the fermentation. South facing blocks tend to be a bit cooler, and ripening takes a little longer hence the stalks have a chance to regain ripeness without imparting any green flavours on the wine.

Pinot Noir from this block has been treated separately since 2005, when we highlighted that the rows produce slightly different fruit than the remainder of the vineyard. With the vineyard in balance, we simply shoot thin around the crown and take off any multiple shoots. The vines would normally crop about 1.3 kilograms per vine.

In the winery, this has the same treatment as the Estate Pinot Noir except for the inclusion of twenty five per cent whole bunches. This makes the tannins a little more finer and gives structure to the wine for further ageing. The wine spends eighteen months in cask. The wine is not filtered, not fined, or stabilized before bottling.

95 points - "Very deep and youthful red-purple, bold and concentrated for a Yarra pinot noir. The aromas are reticient and shy, needing time to build the bouquet, but the raw materials are there. There is richness, fleshy extract and concentration aplenty, the tannins ample and fine-grained, powdery and contributing much by way of texture and structure. Superb wine that demands a bit of time in the bottle to blossom fully. It's well on the way now to a great glass of pinot noir." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

91 points - "It may well be a cool year, though there’s no shortage of ripeness here. Cherry, cola, spearmint, with something of a toasty toffee richness. Coffee bean and cocoa, toasted almond, a burnt orange and a chicory thing, silty tannin, praline and spice, something of a ferrous edge, maybe a bit old school with all that mint and cardamom pod, a slurry of tannin on a finish of good length. Kind of wheaty and bloody, but interesting. I think the estate wine is better in 2022, though some may disagree. And indeed, I just popped down to the cellar and grabbed a bottle of the 2022 Estate, and yep, it’s a more vibrant wine. Still, the richness and presence here is a thing." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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    Kevin M.
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great value

    Excellent pinot which gets better with time in glass, classic example of Australian Pinot reflecting red fruit notes and medium acidity, I will definitely buy again with some to cellar for the future.

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    Sharon D.
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    1 year ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Worth the hype

    Premier Pinot.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    Paul T.
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    2 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Wow

    Excellent Pinot, one of the best tasted this year, hunting around for any remaining stock and will be queuing up next year

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    Andrew G.
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    2 years ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Very nice pinot

    I really enjoyed this. Perhaps better pinots around this value, and could do with a year or two in the cellar. But overall a great wine.

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    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    James F.
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    2 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Crackling good wine!

    I know I should just leave this in the cellar, but i threw it between two decanters a few times and then left it for a couple of hours. All the pinot flavours you are looking for, plus length and mineral drive. I will leave the rest for five years or so, confident that when i come back to it it will be great

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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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