I’m literally drinking a 2003 Hoddles Creek pinot noir as I finish this note. Franco advises me that 2003 was a warmer year, but no reason it shouldn’t last as long as each other vintage. This bottle is drinking wonderfully youthful: like a 5 year old wine, not almost 15. But enough, this post is about the 2016: No 1er made this vintage, so all normally ear marked said 1er-fruit helped create this marque.
Hoddles Creek Estate, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley 2016
Little lighter in body and more delicate in flavour than previous years, but still with cherry, raspberry + strawberry fruit, smoked meats and wisps of just lit campfire. This steps lightly, but still with authority as it navigates the thinner edge of fruit spectrum before opening to reveal delicate textures and fine tannin before length of pleasing finish. Ultimately a product of the vintage, but still packs in plenty of pinot for the price.
Wine sample courtesy of Hoddles Creek Estate