Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
The Hoddles Creek property is a highly challenging site to manage, the steep slopes and temperate climes however, yield the finest Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. Nothing is done by half measure at Hoddles Creek, the viticultural team afford great reverence for their vines and treat their fruit with respect. No expenses were spared in the construct of the estate cellars, purpose built for the ageing of good wine. Pinot Noir grapes are selectively sorted and treated to a minimalist, old world vinification, followed by a timely repose in a high proportion of new oak barrels.
The steeply sloping blocks in the Upper Yarra Valley, astride Gembrook Rd and adjacent to Hoddles Creek, prohibit mechanical harvesting. All fruit is home grown and vinified, the estate Winery Block and Top Paddock are planted mostly to Pinot Noir clone MV6, with smaller parcels of 114, 115, GSV15 and MS1. Grapes are all hand picked, hand sorted and destemmed without crushing, a component is treated to several days of cold soak. Parcels are vinified through a mix of wild and cultured yeasts as the cap is managed by a course of pigeage et délestage. Upon completion, batches are gently pressed and transferred to a selection of new and seasoned oak barrels for up to a year's maturation.
Bright red in the glass. Nose is complex, fragrant and earthy with raspberry, cherry and spice coming to the fore. Further bouquets of cranberry, sweet fruit, loam and spicy cinnamon oak. Ffresh and vibrant palate with bright red fruit and herb characters supported by fine spicy oak and crisp tannins, approachable on release, lingering on the palate and seriously delicious.