Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2017

I was fortunate to taste this out of barrel last year at Hoddles Creek over a weekend in April, a year and then some and into bottle to create the finished product. From a cool vintage, this saw no new oak: some maturation in foudre (wooden vat, much bigger than a barrel) and the rest in 1st and 2nd year French oak barrels. Consistently good value.

Hoddles Creek Estate, Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, 2017

White peach and creamy notes mix with exotic spice, hints of melon, pleasing custardy sulphides and austere lemon juice. Just-medium weighted palate with crisp stone fruit, macadamia nut and almost ripe rockmelon balanced by savoury light water cracker and barley. Pleasing textural grip from good phenolics, bright acidity and a medium long finish. Short term cellaring only, enjoy the freshness.

RRP: $21.99
Alc: 13.2%
Rating:  18/20

Wine sample courtesy of Hoddles Creek Estate

2 responses to “Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2017

  1. Hi Drew,

    No quibble about the score and the TN is spot on but I’m not as convinced that this is a short term cellaring wine, if anything, I think it needs time to settle in to itself. I had this over 4 days (no special treatment, just pour, recap and put back in fridge) and it was still travelling well on the fourth day. On the first day, that custard character, which TBH didn’t really appeal to me, stuck out and my first thought was that this is very different to the usual HC Estate wines. Maybe it was a sulfides thing but I typically like some struck match, sulfide funk but this didn’t work for me. On Day 2 and then especially Day 4, the character had dropped off and meshed much better with the stone fruit and citrus characters and was much more typical of other vintages of the HC estate.

    It’s definitely got the ability to age and, maybe it’s just a personal style preference but, I’ve got another 2 bottles and I’m going to let them sit a while.

    • Thanks for the comments Dave55. Like all good bottles ageing will be an individual outcome. Whilst I have no doubt that the wine will age for 10 years easily (praise be the screw cap), my cellaring statement was simply to enjoy the flavours as they are in the next 5 or so years.
      Cheers! Regan

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