Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2020
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Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2020

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Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Style: White Wine

Variety: Chardonnay

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Producer: Hoddles Creek Estate

Country: Australia

Region: Yarra Valley

Vintage: 2020

Critic Score: 95

Alcohol: 13.2%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2030


Finish is mouth-watering and long. Really like this release - Gary Walsh

Led by winemaking guru Franco D'Anna, the team at Hoddles Creek produce wonderful chardonnay year in and year out that seriously overdeliver at the price point. The wines are made from fruit grown on their family vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley.

"White peach and struck-flint on the nose. The palate flows with the same white peach fruits, hints of smoky-bacon and a taut, flinty acid line provides great drive and persistence. Good length and flow to a crisp and dry finish. A remarkable wine at the price."  Stuart Knox 

"All fruit is hand-picked in the morning and immediately de-stemmed and lightly crushed into the press. No enzymes are used; instead the juice is allowed to settle naturally. In 2021, there were approximately fifteen different ferments, these were allowed to start naturally on full solids. After a select period of time, some of the juice was inoculated with cultured yeast then transferred to wood for fermentation. The wine is then left on lees for approximately 11 months. Just before bottling all clones are blended, cold stabilized, fined and filtered."  Franco D'Anna, Winemaker

"Fortuitously, in 1960, the D'Anna family had purchased a steeply forested 25ha property which in 1997 they set about planting. Almost overnight, glorious pinot noirs and chardonnays started to flow at prices that were irresistible – and still are."  James Halliday

Expert reviews

"Seven clones; barrel-fermented (25% new), part wild, part cultured yeast; 9 months in oak, the impact subtle in a wine with both finesse and intensity. Grapefruit and Granny Smith apple drive the long palate, crisp acidity to close. 13.2% alc, screwcap 95 points. Drink to 2030.”  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 95 points and Special Value Wine  ★ 

"Light but intense. Grapefruit, almond meal, white rice, a slight fresh mint perfume, and some lemon zest. Tight and tangy, but with a fine cashew richness, plenty of grapefruit and chalk dust texture. Finish is mouth-watering and long. Really like this release, and would suggest it needs a year or two more for best results. Drink: 2022-2028+."  Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - 94 points

"Bracingly fresh lemon and white peach with lemon rind, flinty wet stones, gentle spice and hazelnutty oak. Really complex and fresh. The palate holds a super fresh line of white-peach fruit with lemon and grapefruit, too. Sleek acidity drives this. Plenty of textural layering, too. Drink over the next four years."  Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com – 94 points

"Very pale lemon-yellow colour. White peach and struck-flint on the nose. The palate flows with the same white peach fruits, hints of smoky-bacon and a taut, flinty acid line provides great drive and persistence. Good length and flow to a crisp and dry finish. A remarkable wine at the price. Drink: 2021-2029."  Stuart Knox, The Real Review - 93 points

Awards

Special Value Wine - Halliday Wine Companion  ★ 

Franco D'Anna

Hoddles Creek Estate

In 1960 Tony and Bruno D'Anna purchased their future vineyard in the upper reaches of the Yarra Valley at Hoddles Creek, chosen due to the presence of a small creek which provided a natural water supply. Ironically the property was bought completely without vineyards in mind – merely to grow vegetables and run some cattle – and well before the potential of the Yarra Valley as a wine region had re-emerged after a long hiatus. 

It was not until the nineties, when interest in small wineries exploded around the country, that the D'Annas made the logical leap to plant vines at Hoddles Creek. Mario Marson, who was viticulturalist and winemaker at Yarra icon Mount Mary, assisted in the planting of traditional varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the surprise addition of Pinot Blanc, which has turned out to be one of the star wines.  With their now highly successful Boccacio Cellars wine business behind them, all the pieces were in place to return to serious winemaking and again follow in the steps of their forefathers. 

For Tony's son, Franco D'Anna, the path into the family business was almost a foregone conclusion. On finishing a commerce degree at the University of Melbourne he moved straight into a buying role for Boccacio Cellars but never quite settled. "I did this for a few years but never loved it. I went out to the vineyard to help out after planting and never left. I loved being outside, not enclosed within four walls and working flexible hours. On the vineyard I'll start work at 5am and then go play golf in the afternoon. What's not to love about being a farmer?" 

But Franco still lacked the technical knowledge and he knew it. So Franco went back to university – this time studying Applied Wine Science – which was followed by vintages with James Halliday at Coldstream Hills as well as overseas in Burgundy, Sicily and Piedmont. What those experiences have given him, combined with a lifetime surrounded by wine, is a unique take on classic Yarra Valley styles which centers on fruit quality. "Without good fruit it's impossible to make good wine. I have four staff members, and we spend 90 percent of our time in the vineyard." 

Winemaking is also relatively natural and in true Italian style concentrates as much on mouthfeel and structure as the more traditional Australian flavour-oriented wines. "We are lucky enough to grow grapes in an area where additions aren't really necessary. We don't add acid, enzymes, filter so there isn't much manipulation in the winery." And what stands out is that these winemaking philosophies are imprinted on each and every wine under the Hoddles Creek and Wickham Road labels which are unique, characterful and savoury expressions of the modern Yarra style. They are also delicious and generally made to age.

The above text was taken from an article by Angus Hughson published in Winepilot

About the winery

Hoddles Creek Winery 
"Hoddles Creek Estate was established in 1997 when the D'Anna family decided to establish a vineyard on the property that has been in the family since 1960. The vineyard sits astride Gembrook Road and adjacent to Hoddles Creek. Its steeply sloping blocks prohibit mechanical harvesting, with both vineyards being hand pruned and harvested.

All our wines, which are single vineyard, estate grown, are made in our 300 tonne winery, constructed for the 2003 vintage. The split-level winery has a barrel store located three meters underground. Hoddles Creek Estate is planted with 10ha of pinot noir (five clones), 6 ha of chardonnay, 1ha each of sauvignon blanc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon, and 1.5ha of pinot gris.Hoddles Creek lay a serious claim to being one of the best value producers in Australia.

Our mission is to produce a terroir driven Yarra Valley wine of the highest possible quality sourced from impeccably farmed old vines with a focus on balance, complexity, concentration and ageability."  Hoddles Creek Estate  

Wine region map of Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is home to more than 800 wineries across 21 wine regions. The regions are Alpine Valley, Beechworth, Bendigo, Geelong, Gippsland, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley, Grampians, Heathcote, Henty, King Valley, Macedon Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Murray Darling, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, Strathbogie Ranges, Sunbury, Swan Hill, Upper Goulburn and Yarra Valley.

Victoria's first vines were planted at Yering in the Yarra Valley in 1838. By 1868 over 3,000 acres had been planted in Victoria, establishing Victoria as the premier wine State of the day. Today, the original vineyards planted at Best's Wines are among the oldest and rarest pre-phylloxera plantings in the world.

Victoria's climate varies from hot and dry in the north to cool in the south and each wine region specialises in different varietals. For example, Rutherglen in the north is famous for its opulent Muscats and Topaque and bold reds, while the many cooler climate regions near Melbourne produce world class Chardonnay and pinot Noir. Victoria is truly a wine lover's playground.