Gippsland Pinot Noir from Franco d’Anna. His sold out 1er Pinot entered Langton's Classification VII last year and his second tier wines sold out in record time. Wickhams Road is his value label that produces what Gary Walsh describes as 'a gift to Pinot Noir drinkers.' This is simply good drinking Pinot.
As this is from Gippsland, you can expect a more fruit-forward Pinot. But there is also complexity, a savoury finish and really good acid making it such a drinkable drop. Before we go too far, let’s not for a minute compare this wine with the greats of Gippsland. It’s simply not one of those wines. It’s for drinking and enjoying now.
"What a gift to Pinot Noir drinkers these Wickhams Road wines are. Cherries, crushed exotic spices, a little earthy undergrowth. Medium-bodied, juiciness of fruit kept in check by fine grained and persistent tannin, pleasing precision, cool almost ‘minerally’ acidity, and gentle grip shaping up a pretty long finish. It’s really good, and likely better again with some time in bottle, though no problem enjoying it now. Verity and quality. I’d recommend this pretty highly." 91+ points, Gary Walsh (November 2018)
Light to medium red colour with a purple tint. Subdued, shy aromas, the palate dry and savoury, with soft but persuasive tannins drying it off cleanly. Subtle glimpses of cherry, but the fruit is restrained. Long finish.
The Real Review (December 2018)
Hand-picked, whole berry-fermented, 14-20 days on skins, matured in French oak (10% new) for 7 months. The bouquet has red fruits to the fore, spice and earth thereafter. Hoddles Creek Estate is unchallenged as the producer of the best value pinot noirs in the country, precision viticulture is the starting point. The palate delivers the red fruits promised by purity of the bouquet and which run through to the finish and aftertaste.
94 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)