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Franco D’Anna’s Sampler dozen

Franco D’Anna’s Sampler dozen

Two bottles of each of the Pinot Gris, the Wickhams Road Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the Hoddles Creek Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; and one bottle each of the Syberia Chardonnay and 1er Pinot Noir, with a discount of just under 14%

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Hoddles Creek, Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, 2020

Strong dairy element on the nose. Mid weight, showing a perfect equilibrium between creamy richness and the bite of ripe lime and tangerine. Poised, very complete and long; altogether a winner, borne out by the accolade below. Now-2025
“Seven clones; barrel-fermented (25% new oak) part wild, part cultured yeast; 9 months in oak, the impact subtle on a palate with both finesse and intensity. Grapefruit and Granny Smith apple are the flavour drivers of the long palate, crisp acidity...

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ColourWhite

RegionYarra Valley

GrowerHoddles Creek

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2020

ABV13.2%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

DietaryVegan

CodeHOD120

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Hoddles Creek, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2020

Given 4-5 days cold soak, aged in thirds of new, first fill and older barrels. Soft tone. Very forward (in Burgundian terms, early maturing), with some of those undergrowth hints under the red cherry and heated red berry flavours. Opens out beautifully on the palate in a classic Pinot manner. Fine aromatics and splendid length. Now-2026
"Don’t be alarmed by the pale ruby colour – this is not at all wimpy. Instead, it’s a refined and lighter-framed rendition with layers of...

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ColourRed

StyleFortified

RegionYarra Valley

GrowerHoddles Creek

Grape VarietyPinot Noir

Vintage2020

ABV13.2%

Bottle75

ClosureScrewcap

DietaryVegan

CodeHOD620

Style

Light to Medium

Light > Full

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir  

Origins       

  • Ancient vine, perhaps 2,000 years old

Distant origins in France - first documented mention in France in 1375

Characteristics   

  • Finicky grape: notoriously difficult to grow (which is partly why it is hugely intriguing to New World...
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Hoddles Creek, Pinot Gris, Yarra Valley, 2021

A new wine for us. This proclaims “whole bunch fermented” on a band on the front label –and one can see that in the coppery tinge to this wine, which is as pink as many fashionably pale Provence rosés. The skins of ripe Pinot Gris grapes have a notably warm tone to them, so that colour leaches into the wine. In short, this is brilliant. A floral scent with (and it may be auto-suggestion) a hint of wild strawberries; a full-bodied, fruit-laden palate encompassing green melon and red...

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ColourWhite

RegionYarra Valley

Vintage2021

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeHOD421

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Wickhams Road, Chardonnay, Gippsland, 2021

"From the Woori Yallock in the Upper Yarra Valley. It siddles up to you, and only on the 2nd taste that it's sheer intensity and class drops its guard. The price of the wine should be doubled, to reflect the perfect rendition of the varietal array of pink grapefruit and bllod orange. There's great mouthfeel and precise balance."Gold, 96/100 James Halliday, Wine Companion,16th May 2022 
From vines in Woori Yallock and Macclesfield vineyards. Aromas of white flowers...

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ColourWhite

RegionGippsland

GrowerHoddles Creek

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2021

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

DietaryVegan

CodeWIC121

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Wickhams Road, Pinot Noir, Gippsland, 2020

Gippsland is an up-and-coming coastal region east and south of Melbourne. Untasted as yet, but we anticipate this will have the same approachable Pinot character as its predecessors: bright red fruit, strawberry and cherry; supple and friendly. Now-2023
"Full screwcapped bottle 1,301 g. Franco d'Anna of Yarra's other label. Very pale ruby indeed. Perhaps that's the current Australian fashion. The wine has developed a certain earthiness on the nose since I last...

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ColourRed

RegionGippsland

GrowerHoddles Creek

Grape VarietyPinot Noir

Vintage2020

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

DietaryVegan

CodeWIC620

Style

Light bodied

Light > Full

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir  

Origins       

  • Ancient vine, perhaps 2,000 years old

Distant origins in France - first documented mention in France in 1375

Characteristics   

  • Finicky grape: notoriously difficult to grow (which is partly why it is hugely intriguing to New World...
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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Hoddles Creek, Syberia Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, 2019

This is one of the estate’s two top Chardonnays, a barrel selection from a single vineyard, a high, cool (hence the name) site in cleared forest in the Upper Yarra. From Franco’s website: “Located on our steepest, highest block at Hoddles Creek. Syberia is always quite different to the standard Hoddles Creek Chardonnay. The row orientation is East-West so it doesn't see a lot of direct sunlight on bunches. The wine is whole bunch pressed straight to cask, no fining and zero...

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ColourWhite

RegionYarra Valley

GrowerHoddles Creek

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2019

ABV12.8%

Bottle75cl

CodeHOD319

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Hoddles Creek, 1er Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2019

With a mad pastiche of an old-fashioned, Burgundian label, this is a splendid and complex PN, using about 20% whole bunch fermentation. Such a pretty scent: red berries tinged with coffee and herbs. Smooth, velvety even, and then just flowers on the palate, with strawberry and red cherry flavours. Subtle and classy – would impress Francophiles. Now-2027
“A wine of remarkable value and world class quality – if you’re a lover of Pinot Noir then this is a must buy. This is...

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ColourRed

RegionYarra Valley

GrowerHoddles Creek

Grape VarietyPinot Noir

Vintage2019

ABV13.2%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

DietaryVegan

CodeHOD819

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir  

Origins       

  • Ancient vine, perhaps 2,000 years old

Distant origins in France - first documented mention in France in 1375

Characteristics   

  • Finicky grape: notoriously difficult to grow (which is partly why it is hugely intriguing to New World...
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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Franco D’Anna’s Sampler dozen

Two bottles of each of the Pinot Gris, the Wickhams Road Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the Hoddles Creek Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; and one bottle each of the Syberia Chardonnay and 1er Pinot Noir, with a discount of just under 14%

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