This is the top Pinot Noir from one of Australia's top Pinot Noir producers.
The 2022 Hoddles Creek 1er Pinot Noir has been released! I've always thought that while Hoddles Creek are lovely to drink now, they are remarkable in a few year's time. I've always opened two bottles of each vintage. One upon release and one about 18 months later and it's always regret: why didn't I buy more? Don't make the mistake I do. Here's what Gary Walsh wrote on the Wine Front:
“Cool year” says Franco, “So the whole bunch proportion was dropped to 10%. A little longer in cask as it aided structure.” It may well be a cool year, though there’s no shortage of ripeness here. Cherry, cola, spearmint, with something of a toasty toffee richness. Coffee bean and cocoa, toasted almond, a burnt orange and a chicory thing, silty tannin, praline and spice, something of a ferrous edge, maybe a bit old school with all that mint and cardamom pod, a slurry of tannin on a finish of good length. Kind of wheaty and bloody, but interesting. I think the estate wine is better in 2022, though some may disagree. And indeed, I just popped down to the cellar and grabbed a bottle of the 2022 Estate, and yep, it’s a more vibrant wine. Still, the richness and presence here is a thing. Rated : 91 Points. Alcohol : 13.2%. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
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!