You may recall that not long ago I raved about a bottle of Hoddles Creek 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2013 we enjoyed over dinner. The Wine Front’s Gary Walsh remarked that at $45 per bottle the wine was a bargain, arguing that “To get quality like this out of Burgundy, you’d be looking at up to $150+”. (Hoddles Creek 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2013, The Wine Front 14 January 2015)

Consequently I was very intrigued to read Mike Bennie’s impressive review of the DCB Wine Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2013 (rrp $20) in this month’s Gourmet Traveller Wine. It’s the first release for a new label by Chris Bendle, one of the members of the winemaking crew at the Yarra Valley’s Hoddles Creek. According to Bennie, this wine and its sibling, the 2013 DCB Wine Chardonnay, will undoubtedly make the list of Australia’s best-value wines. (From Big Things by Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine, April/May 2015)

Bendle has been making wine at Hoddles Creek since 2010. He told Bennie that “The D’Anna family [owners of Hoddles Creek have had a big influence on me. I’ve learned that people seek out value in wine, and that wine can be about pleasure, enjoyment as well as accessibility.”

In 2013 Bendle was fortunate to secure some pinot noir and chardonnay from a vineyard halfway between Healesville and Woori Yallock. Usually most of the fruit is reserved for Hoddles Creek. The wines, made at Hoddles Creek, are unfiltered and unfined.

Here’s Bennie’s review:

2013 DCB Wine Pinot Noir ($20) is packed with plush, red berry flavours and just a faint hint of dusty wood from older oak barrels. It’s easy drinking, yet stylish in its own way, punching well about its weight”

by Merrill Witt, Editor

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