"I don’t know of a better pinot blanc in the country than that from Hoddles Creek." Peter Forrestal
It’s was once a single block wine but it’s now from two blocks, both on the same estate. It’s not a big wine in flavour terms but it’s a powerful one. Don’t ask me how that works; it’s a vibe thing, a presence. Quartz, apple, pear, boiled lolly and seaspray notes with a (gentle) cider-like edge. There’s texture here, in-built, not excessive, important. It has both brightness and brood. As impressive as it is it feels as though it’s only just on its way, that its sleeves aren’t yet rolled up, that it still has tricks hidden up there. Rated: 93+ Points. Campbell Mattinson. The Wine Front.
"The key to Hoddles Creek’s success has been the focus on chardonnay and pinot noir. The Premier (1er) Yarra Valley range includes chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot blanc with its Burgundian-looking label. I don’t know of a better pinot blanc in the country than that from Hoddles Creek. This neutrally flavoured classic from Alsace suits the Upper Yarra and here produces a minerally, texturally enticing white". Peter Forrestal
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!