Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2008

Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2008

As suggested by Franco, I slapped this in a decanter for 4 hours before seriously contemplating its merits. And he was right because even though the florals were very pleasant, the palate was backward. Very backward indeed. But actually, I didn’t find this to be long enough so I left the rest of the bottle overnight. And last night at about 5pm it exploded out of the blocks, showing violets and a light purpleness, cherry fruits with a bit of animal hide, musk, cedar and spice, all in small quantities. The real difference was in the palate, much improved, with cherries and a touch of strawberries, a lovely fruit sweetness with spice, all framed by some cedary dryness. Delicate, almost fragile. There is certainly some oak showing at the moment but I think it will be okay in the long run. I would have liked to have tried it a third time today, but alas, the bottle was gone.

Rated : 91+ Points
Tasted : Oct09
Alcohol : 13.3%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2013-2018
Source : Boccaccio Cellars
Website : Hoddles Creek

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4 Responses to Hoddles Creek 1er Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2008

  1. simm says:

    The third day was where this wine showed its best for me. The fruit fleshes out beautifully over time without ever losing it’s lithe ethereal presence. May even go beyond 2018. At this point in time with it’s underlying subtle complexities and stemmy tannin structure this one is not for those who are into bulkier Pinot Noir that provides immediate hedonsitic pleasure but more for cerebral contemplation. I’m prepared to take a punt that it will find a balance between both with time.

  2. Lincoln says:

    Curse that 3rd day!

  3. simm says:

    If I were you I’d just throw in an extra point to cover for that 3rd day you missed out on, just so you don’t look squite so inefficient. 😉

  4. Anthony says:

    I like your thinking Simm!!

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