I finally made the pilgrimage to Hoddles Creek in August last year. Franco D’Anna drove me around the vineyards and I got a feel for the block sitting at the top of the hill which produces the fruit for the 1er Chardonnay. As always, this is a significant step up from the very good Estate wine. On a purely intuitive level it does make some sense when you visit.
A few years in a cool, dark place and this will be singing. White flowers, peach and nectarine with a spine of ruby grapefruit. Toasty oak and spice are perfectly positioned with regard to both texture and flavour. Further interest via almonds, cashews and campfire clothes. Wonderful intensity and tremendous extension. 95
Region: Yarra Valley
Tasted: February 2014