Last week I had my good friend Vito who handles nearly all my freight from Italy in Melbourne for a few days and I thought whilst he was here, I would show him Hoddles Creek Estate in the Yarra Valley, run by my brother Franco D’Anna.
If you haven’t been to Hoddles Creek Estate or the Upper Yarra, it is very different to the ‘valley floor’ with it’s picture perfect cellar door’s which is now almost custom built for wine tourism. The Upper Yarra on the other hand, is like the wild west of the Yarra Valley and still quite undeveloped in terms of tourism and population and this I think is a good thing.
Whilst the 2012 whites and reds are still some time away from being released, already at this young age, the quality across the board is excellent. These are wines with a high level of natural acidity, poise and complexity and with time in the cellar, they will age gracefully for many years to come.