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.
Wine sample courtesy of Hoddles Creek Estate