Hoddles Creek 1er Pinot Noir is the flagship red from the Yarra Valley darlings. The 1er range stands as a benchmark–not just for the exemplary Hoddles Creek portfolio, but for the Yarra contemporary Yarra wine landscape.
Every vintage, winemaker Franco d’Anna assesses the fruit grown in the SRM block of his Top Paddock vineyard. If he judges it worthy, a vintage of 1er Pinot Noir goes into production. With 20-25% whole bunch, fruit purity is the goal. Aged in up to 35% new oak, it is bright with red fruit and a deep Burgundian heart.
Hoddles Creek is considered by many to be one of the best (and the best value) wineries in the Yarra. This is its top shelf white. Drink now, or cellar with confidence.
Single block Pinot Noir from one of Australia’s best Pinot Noir producers. From a good/great year. 25% whole bunches... It’s a light, elegant wine, sinewy is the word, though it has the kind of insistence that would win it an election. This is a peacock’s tail of a wine if there ever was one, all the forces marshalled in order through the mainstay off the palate before launching the real and decisive attack through the finish. Drinking it is like watching the launch of a satellite, to keep the metaphors rolling; you count down through the palate and then watch it boom. Let’s just say, it has cashed in on the excellence of the vintage and is remarkable both for its quality and for its value.
96 points, Wine Front, August 2018.
"Large format oak for six months and then barriques. A winter in tank to finish. The spicy and fragrant playfulness is exaggerated with a portion of whole bunches used in the fermentation. The deep-set palate delivers an exceptionally long, smooth and supple layer of tannins, carrying long and deep into the finish. Stunning tannin quality here. Due for release in September 2018." 94 - 95 points Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com).
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.