Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2016
One of the great bargains of the wine world.
Eight estate-grown clones, 80% crushed and destemmed, 20% whole bunches, mix of wild and cultured yeasts, 100% barrel-fermented in French oak (25% new), matured for 10 months. Sits comfortably alongside its Pinot Noir sibling, with the same attention to detail and similar over-delivery against price expectations. White peach, melon grapefruit and French oak are spun so tightly together it's hard to weigh up their individual contributions, and not necessary to do so.
Fancy chardonnay welcomes you in. Grapefruit, green apple, coating of raw almond, sandalwood oak and faint wet fern character. In the palate, starburst of clean, clear fruit flavour cool minty breeze follows, faint oatmeal. So much to enjoy. Indeed, this is one of the great bargains of the wine world.
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The Wine Front – MB: Love the way it smells all serious and proper-like. Fancy chardonnay welcomes you in. Grapefruit, green apple, coating of raw almond, sandalwood oak and faint wet fern character. In the palate, starburst of clean, clear fruit flavour cool minty breeze follows, faint oatmeal, and the wine finishes steely, a touch tinny and watery, a little tacky from oak, but ultra forgivable at price. So much to enjoy. Indeed, this is one of the great bargains of the wine world. 91 points 2016-2025 These Hoddles Creek Chardonnays always look better with a year or two to settle, and you need to look ahead, and see what’s to come. Subtle whiff of struck match, almond, ladies’ perfume, white peach and a dab of vanilla and dough. It’s bouncy and juicy as a youngster, with white peach and weak lime flavours, almond milk complexity, flinty lightly chalky texture, and a clean finish of good length and purity. Ripper. 92+ points 2018-2025+
In a mixed or straight case: $19.94
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