Hoddles Creek Estate

Hoddles Creek Estate

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    Origins and History

    Hoddles Creek Wines traces its roots back to the late 1990s, when the D'Anna family, already well-established in the fresh produce industry, decided to diversify into winemaking. Franco D'Anna, the patriarch, along with his sons Franco Jr. and Michael, had a vision of creating wines that would reflect the unique terroir of the Yarra Valley. This vision was coupled with a commitment to sustainable farming and winemaking practices.

    The winery is named after Hoddles Creek, a small township in the Upper Yarra Valley. The region's cool climate, diverse soil types, and elevation make it ideal for producing high-quality wines, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The D'Anna family's deep connection to the land and their dedication to quality have been pivotal in shaping Hoddles Creek Wines into a distinguished name in the wine industry.

    The Vineyards

    The vineyards of Hoddles Creek are situated at an elevation of approximately 220 meters above sea level. This elevation, combined with the region's cool climate, provides a long growing season, allowing the grapes to develop complex flavors while maintaining natural acidity. The soils in the area are predominantly volcanic in origin, with rich red clay and loam, which contribute to the unique characteristics of the wines.

    The vineyard management at Hoddles Creek is focused on sustainability and minimal intervention. The D'Anna family employs organic farming practices, avoiding synthetic pesticides and herbicides to maintain the health of the vineyard ecosystem. This approach not only ensures the longevity of the vines but also enhances the expression of terroir in the wines.

    Winemaker Franco d'Anna

    The Winemaker

    Franco D'Anna Jr., the winemaker at Hoddles Creek, is a third-generation winemaker who brings a wealth of knowledge and a deep passion for his craft. His winemaking philosophy is centered around minimal intervention, allowing the natural qualities of the grapes to shine through. Franco Jr. believes that great wine is made in the vineyard, and his approach reflects a profound respect for the land and the fruit it produces.

    After completing his studies in viticulture and oenology, Franco Jr. gained valuable experience working in renowned wineries in Europe and Australia. This exposure to different winemaking techniques and styles has influenced his approach at Hoddles Creek, where he combines traditional methods with modern innovations to produce wines of exceptional quality.

    The Wines

    Hoddles Creek Wines is renowned for its exceptional range of wines, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which thrive in the cool climate of the Yarra Valley. However, the winery also produces outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Merlot. Each wine reflects the unique terroir of the vineyard and the meticulous care taken during the winemaking process.

    Pinot Noir

    The Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir is a standout wine, known for its elegance and complexity. The cool climate of the Yarra Valley allows for slow ripening, resulting in wines with vibrant acidity, delicate tannins, and layers of red fruit flavors. The Pinot Noir undergoes wild fermentation and is aged in French oak barrels, which adds subtle oak nuances without overpowering the fruit.

    Chardonnay

    Hoddles Creek Chardonnay is another flagship wine, celebrated for its balance and finesse. The grapes are hand-picked and gently pressed to extract the purest juice. Fermentation occurs in a combination of stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels, enhancing the wine's texture and complexity. The result is a Chardonnay with bright citrus and stone fruit flavors, complemented by hints of toasty oak and a crisp, mineral finish.

    Sauvignon Blanc

    The Sauvignon Blanc from Hoddles Creek is a vibrant and aromatic wine, showcasing the varietal's characteristic citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The cool climate of the Yarra Valley preserves the natural acidity of the grapes, resulting in a refreshing and zesty wine. Minimal intervention during winemaking ensures the purity and intensity of the fruit are retained.

    Pinot Gris

    Hoddles Creek Pinot Gris is a textural and aromatic wine, with flavors of pear, apple, and a hint of spice. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve its fresh fruit character, while a portion is aged on lees to add complexity and depth. The result is a well-balanced wine with a silky mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

    Awards and Accolades

    Hoddles Creek Wines has garnered numerous awards and accolades over the years, a testament to the quality and craftsmanship of their wines. The winery's commitment to excellence has been recognized by esteemed wine critics and competitions both in Australia and internationally.

    Domestic Recognition

    In Australia, Hoddles Creek Wines has received high praise from leading wine critics such as James Halliday. The winery has consistently been awarded high scores and accolades in Halliday's Wine Companion, one of the most respected wine guides in the country. The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, in particular, have been highlighted for their outstanding quality and value.

    International Acclaim

    On the international stage, Hoddles Creek Wines has also made a significant impact. The winery's wines have been awarded medals and trophies at prestigious wine competitions, including the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge. These accolades reflect the universal appeal and exceptional quality of Hoddles Creek wines.

    Notable Awards

    Some of the notable awards and accolades received by Hoddles Creek Wines include:

    • Decanter World Wine Awards: Gold Medal for Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir
    • International Wine Challenge: Trophy for Hoddles Creek Chardonnay
    • James Halliday Wine Companion: Five Red Stars rating, indicating an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity
    • Royal Melbourne Wine Awards: Best Pinot Noir Trophy