Last night’s Hoddles Creek Estate Winemaker dinner….

Last night I drove up to our vineyards in the Yarra Valley for a dinner in the barrel room of our winery to drink and listen to my twin brother Franco (who runs the Estate) talk us through a number of back vintages of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and one freaky Cabernet Sauvignon

The last dinner we had in the barrel room was a massive success and it illustrated just how well the wine ages. My idea of work at Hoddles is cooking the bbq during vintage and visiting Franc and the boys do their stuff outside of vintage. Nights like last night are a great way to show the talents of Franco and our site.

Again all the wines looked fantastic, but the real surprise packet was the 2006 Hoddles Creek Estate Cabernet Sauvignon which has developed beautifully. Franco thinks we can make this wine once every ten years so whilst it is not viable in a commercial sense, it is a joy when we produce a wine like the 2006.


One thought on “Last night’s Hoddles Creek Estate Winemaker dinner….”

  1. Ciao Anth,

    It’s funny but I was having the same conversation with Steve Webber on Wednesday who confirmed that 2006 and 2010, 2011 were real Yarra Vintages whereas ’07, ’08 and ’09 were atypical. The 2006 Melba Reserve is the best Cabernet based wine I have tasted from the De Bortoli portfolio and I can believe it when you say that the same applies at Hoddles Creek.

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