Wickhams Road Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2015
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Wickhams Road Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2015

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The second label for Yarra Valley producer Hoddles Creek. Established in 1997 by the D’Anne’s on their family property. Their winery allows for juice transfers using gravity feed systems. Named James Halliday's “Best Value Winery” of the Year in his 2015 Wine Companion.

Winemaker and viticulturist, Franco D’Anne, has a philosophy of no added acid, destemming instead of crushing fruit, no additional enzymes, allowing juice to settle over several days at low temperates, using a mix of old and new oak based on varietal (old oak for Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc) — for a softer and textured mouthfeel. Estate wines see about 30% new oak.

Franco worked extensively in his family’s wine store in Kew, completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Viticulture at Charles Sturt University, while working vintages at Hoddles Creek and Coldstream Hills. The first vintages of Hoddles Creek were completed with Peter Dredge of Red Edge, and overseen by Mario Marson, ex-winemaker for Mount Mary and Jasper Hill.

The Wickhams Road Gippsland Chardonnay is sourced from a vineyard at the start of the Gippsland GI. The wines are about 16 years old and are dry grown. The vineyard is shoot thinned. Cropped at 2.5 tonnes per acre.

Fruit is processed at Hoddles Creek Estate. About 30% whole bunch pressed, the remainder destemmed. Juice left to clarify naturally, at 2 degrees, for four days, then racked turbid to cask to begin fermentation. A combination of cultured and natural yeast is used for ferment. The wines moved to aged oak-barrels and left on lees for about eight months. Sulphur added to promote further bottle age and complexity. The wine is filtered but not unfined before being bottled.

The Yarra Valley Chardonnay is all about texture. The nose exhibits some stone fruit and melon complimented with some char and spice from the oak. The acid and fine holds the wine together. Dry finish.

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