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  • Franco d'Anna is farming and crafting some of the most extraordinary wines made in the country.
  • Benchmark AUSTRALIAN Chardonnay
  • "Beautiful wine. Finesse, charm and fine tailoring all the way." Gary Walsh
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Pale Lemon
Nose "White peach, lime, almonds and light spicy oak, with just a wisp of struck match." Gary Walsh
Palate "It’s subdued, nutty and savoury, yet pure of fruit too – like a flower waiting to open – tight grapefruity acidity, flinty texture and a cool almond and aniseed finish of impeccable length." Gary Walsh
Food Pairing Grilled Chicken dishes
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes Drink: 2016-2025+
Variety Chardonnay
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Yarra Valley
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.2%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Hoddles Creek Estate
Established in 1997 the D'Anna family decided to plant grapes on the property that has been in their family since 1960. Located between Gembrook road and adjacent Hoddles Creek in the Upper Yarra (a higher, cooler and more marginal climate than the lower Yarra) both vineyards are on steeply sloping blocks needing hand-pruning and harvesting. They're cropped at less than 2.5 tonnes per acre and being a marginal climate the vines requires extensive canopy management, this is achieved using the 'Scott-Henry trellis system' to promote fruit exposure.



Viticulturist and winemaker Franco D'Anna cut his teeth at Coldstream Hills later consulting with Mario Marson (ex-winemaker for Mount Mary and Jasper Hill) where he took some valuable lessons. His philosophy on winemaking practises tend to be minimal - their wines all see a percentage of oak including the Sauvignon Blanc albeit old French.



Hoddles Creek wines are single vineyard estate grown.
Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive north east of Melbourne.



The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world, and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.



Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world wine makers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production. Key wineries to look out for are Mayer, William Downie and Macforbes.



The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
95+
points
Gary Walsh
If you liked the 2014 1er Chardonnay, it’s safe to say you’ll be equally happy with the 2015.



White peach, lime, almonds and light spicy oak, with just a wisp of struck match. It’s subdued, nutty and savoury, yet pure of fruit too – like a flower waiting to open – tight grapefruity acidity, flinty texture and a cool almond and aniseed finish of impeccable length. Beautiful wine. Finesse, charm and fine tailoring all the way. Give it a couple of years in the cellar and you’ll be rewarded handsomely.
96
points
James Halliday
A fruit selection (hand-picked), matured for 12 months in French barriques (30% new). Bright straw-green; it has obvious complexity, and the extra length that the best Yarra Valley chardonnays have compared to that of other regions. Grapefruit juice, zest and pith are the anchor of the flavour, and also build the trajectory of the wine through to the finish.

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