Pinot Noir plucked from a south-facing block on the property that was planted in 2001, this particular parcel ripens a touch later than the rest of the Pinot blocks on the home property. The concentration of the 2021 vintage allowed for some whole-bunch inclusion to freshen it and add structure to the wine. It spent 12 months in barrel (25% new) in the downstairs cellar followed by a winter in tank upstairs to naturally settle before it was bottled. An exercise in quality Australian Pinot.
Hoddles Creek Estate was established in 1997 when the D'Anna family decided to plant 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, and they have long eschewed chemical intervention. All the wines, which are single vineyard, Estate grown, are made in their 300-tonne winery, with a cellar deep below the ground for ageing and storage. They are one of Australia’s great wineries, for certain.