Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir 2006

Time to taste the companion wine to the Chardonnay tasted a few days prior. I started on this bottle last night but wasn’t really in the mood for analytical tasting. And, I must say, the wine didn’t much suit my mood. Tonight, however, the wine and I are more in sync. Fickle, fickle me.

This wine is a savoury expression of Pinot Noir fruit, with little in the way of easy padding or obvious fruit flavour. Instead, the nose greets one with tightly held dark fruits, beetroot type flavours, some sous-bois, perhaps the slightest hint of sweetness peeping out.

The wine’s entry reinforces a savoury flavour profile and, whilst flavoursome, is very focused and structured as it opens out to the middle palate. It is here the wine’s mouthfeel asserts itself. It’s all about texture, this wine, with the same flavours indicated on the nose riding atop the wine’s structure. Savoury tannins kick in quite early and carry the wine through the latter stages of the palate to a lengthy finish. The tannins are again quite remarkable in texture but I wonder if there’s a slightly unripe edge to them too.

This is not an easy drinking quaffer but rather a Pinot that will reward those who enjoy chiseled, savoury wines; a more “intellectual” wine, if you will. It might surprise those who are accustomed to Yarra Valley fruit bombs. At this price, this is excellent value. Don’t serve it too warm.

Hoddles Creek

Price: $A18
Closure: Stelvin
Tasted: November 2007

2 thoughts on “Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir 2006

  1. I’m retasting this wine (January 2008) with similar yet slightly superior results. It’s less tight than the last bottle, with a bit more lushness of fruit. Similar flavour profile (beetroot, sweet rhubarb, etc), though, and still very much a “structural” wine. I’m not noticing any greenness to the tannins this time. A better bottle, perhaps. Great wine.

  2. It’s been a while since I tried this – the bottle I have open tonight is just fantastic, all things considered (especially price). It’s flowing well now, quite expressive, lovely velvet tannins. I reckon this has a few more years in it yet; in fact, I don’t think it is yet at its peak.

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