Hoddles Creek Chardonnay

Hoddles Creek Chardonnay

Hoddles Creek Estate

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Background

Hoddles Creek Estate was established in 1997 and is owned and operated by the D'Anna family of 'Boccaccio Cellars' fame and success - a famous Italian grocer and importer in Melbourne. Their winery is located on Gembrook Road across from Hoddles Creek in the cool rolling hills of the Yarra Valley. All wines are estate-grown and hand-harvested, with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay making up the lion's share of the property. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also planted. 

Tasting Note

This is a pristine example of cool-climate Yarra Valley Chard, citrus fruit, white nectarine, and some flinty, smoky characters. The barrel fermentation and new oak add a rounded mouthfeel and long finish.

 The fruit is all hand harvested, lightly crushed, and allowed to start fermentation naturally. Part of the juice was transferred to barrel for fermentation, and the whole lot was left on lees for 11 months before bottling. In 2023, the wine was bolstered by the addition of fruit from their premium 'Syberia' site and you can see extra intensity come through.

  

 "Gee, this is an intense iteration of HCE Chardonnay! Very concentrated. Melon, lime, spice and aniseed, almond too. The texture is very flinty and firm, the acidity is mouth-watering and offers plenty of zip, and there's some nutty umami flavours in the mix too. Length is excellent. Preserved lemon and green olive in the aftertaste. It's perhaps a little less 'user-friendly' as a young wine than is usual, but wow, it's quite something." – Gary Walsh, Wine Front.