2012 Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Chardonnay

2012 Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Chardonnay

2012 Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Chardonnay.  This is a deluxe Yarra Valley Chardonnay from a great Yarra Valley vintage.

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  • Region - Yarra Valley
  • Bottle Size - 750ml standard bottle
  • Closure - Screw Cap

$55.00

2012 Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Chardonnay.  Hoddles Creek Estate is located on Gembrook Road, Hoddles Creek, (Yarra Valley) Victoria and is family owned and operated.  Winemaker Franco D'anno, a Carlton supporter, is making some fabulous wines including Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.  Leading the way are the Hoddles Creek 1er Range, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, they are indeed some of the Yarra Valley's finest wines, seriously the 1er range are great value for money, they could do with a stint in the cellar but I can't recommend them highly enough.  The Hoddles Creek Estate Range are bargains, selling for around $20 a bottle they truly are some of the best value wines I've ever seen. 

Info about 1er Chardonnay.

Time, effort and a lot of hard work has enabled Hoddles Creek Winemakers to gain a better understanding of their vineyards which has enabled them to identify certain blocks within the winery that perform at a higher standard each vintage.  These blocks have been cared for separetley enabling Winemakers to fine tune viticulture and winemaking with a view of releasing some single block wines in the future.  Hoddles Creek Estate's top paddock vineyard was originally planted to 100 per cent Pinot Noir. In 2003, Winemakers decided to graft one block over to the Bernard clones of Chardonnay (95, 96, 277).  Winemakers selected the most balanced vines for cuttings and some of the best clones.  The block selected was on the crest of a hill, it faces east and is 50 metres higher in altitude than the existing chardonnay block.  Winemaker Franco D'anna was always fascinated how Chardonnay on this block would perform. 
 
Chardonnay from the top paddock has different growth structure's than the normal Chardonnay blocks.  Because it is positioned on top of a hill the vines need to work a lot harder as the soils aren't as good.  Crop levels are never an issue though, with natural crop levels at one tone per acre. Minimal shoot thinning and positioning occurs in Spring. After this Winemakers let the vines sort themselves out.
 
In the winery, this wine is treated the same as all of Hoddles Creek Chardonnay.  The vines are picked early in the morning and refrigerated at 20C for about 12 hours.  After this the fruit is gently de-stemmed, they are not crushed but pressed into tank.  The juice is then left to clear for 7 days and no enzyme's or acid's are added.  The wine is then fermented until dryness using cultured and natural yeasts. The wine remains in casks for 12 months with the occasional battonage.  The wine then remains in tank over winter to come together and freshen, it is not filtered, fined, or stabilized before bottling.