Tag: Hoddles Creek Estate

Jan 01 2015

Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Pinot Noir 2013 – Australia’s best pinot noir?

Posted on January 01, 2015 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Over dinner with friends last week at the wonderful Vietnamese-French fusion restaurant La Mint in Darlinghust we enjoyed a bottle of Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Pinot Noir 2013. The wine was a gift from a friend who really knows and loves his pinot noir: “I want you to try something special,” he said.

The wine certainly presents itself as something special. It’s a big, heavy bottle with a very Burgundian looking label. We opened it just at the right time; the slightly sweet, richly layered berry fruit flavours and clean but silky tannins perfectly complemented the deliciously succulent, slightly spicy pork belly.

I certainly wasn’t surprised to read Gary Walsh’s absolutely glowing review in The Wine Front:

Some people might think $45 is a lot of money for a wine, but this, put simply, is a bargain. To get quality like this out of Burgundy you’d be up for $150+. Anyway, I just ordered a dozen.

Dark cherry, ripe raspberry, sweet damp earth scattered with flowers, pencils and cinnamon and layers of spice – it’s rich, fragrant and deep, and the minute you smell it, you know you’re in for something pretty special. Medium bodied, layers of fruit, mineral and spice, and the thing that marks it out is the pixel fine bed of graphite tannin that forms the foundation of the wine. Superb texture. Then the finish is all spice and sweet ripe tannin washing the palate clean. Yeah, you know, 96 or 97 points. Seems high, I know, but it’s as good as any Australian Pinot I’ve tasted. It’s up there with anything, from anywhere. (The Wine Front, 14 January 2015)

The Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Pinot Noir is the winery’s premium single vineyard release. It comes from the original Vineyard block next to the winery on the … Read the rest

Dec 12 2011

Wine Advocate announces the top twenty good value producers in Australia for 2011

Posted on December 12, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown has just released a list of the top 20 good value producers in Australia for 2011. As the Wine Advocate’s main subscription base is the US, the list includes only wineries, both large and small, that export to major markets around the world. (No point, I guess, in choosing wineries that a US or European consumer would have no chance of finding on a bottle shelf in their home country).

According to Perrotti-Brown, “Producing singular wines of great character and expression for under US$25 / AU$25 is no easy task, but these guys and gals have all managed to create wines that are nothing short of incredible in this capacity.”

Here are her choices (The links take you to the winery websites if available):

Australian Domain Wines, McLaren Vale

Ad Hoc/Ad Lib, Western Australia

Balgowni Estate, Bendigo, Victoria

Chateau Tanunda, Barossa Valley, SA

Hentley Farm, Barossa Valley, SA

Hoddles Creek Estate, Yarra Valley, Vic

Innocent Bystander, Yarra Valley, Vic

Jansz, Tasmania

Madfish, produced by Howard Park, Margaret River and Great Southern, WA

Margan Family Wines, Hunter Valley, NSW

Massena, Barossa Valley, SA

Mollydooker, McLaren Vale, SA

Paringa Estate, Mornington Peninsula, Vic

Penfolds, Multi-Regional, SA

Pirie, Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Rolf Binder, Barossa Valley, SA

Shingleback, McLaren Vale, SA

Small Gully, Barossa Valley, SA

Tyrrell’s Wines, Hunter Valley, NSW

Yabby Lake, Mornington Peninsula, Vic

(Australian Wine Values of 2011: Better than Ever by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com 23 December 2011)

Photo: Red Knot McLaren Vale Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre 2010 ($11.50) Made by Shingleback. Perrott-Brown awarded this wine the International Judge’s trophy at the 2011 McLaren Vale Wine Show. “It’s an absolute winner that I continue to drink at home … Read the rest