Why is this Wine so Yummy?
The 2018 1ER Pinot Noir will go down as one of the classics, with lots of perfume and structure .The 1ER Pinot Noir always comes from a block on our Top Paddock vineyard called ‘SRM’. This block faces West but runs down to the South. This is the only block which sees the inclusion of around 20-25% whole bunches in the ferment. I’m not looking for whole bunches characters in the wine but more what it does to the tannins. Normally it should make the wines finer and the tannins more pure.
This wine spent the majority of its life in Foudre, then around December it was transferred to seasoned casks until March. We do this to open the wine up as being in large format oak the wines can close down for a long period of time. Around April, this wine was then transferred to tank to spend another winter ion the cellar. The wine is then bottled without filtration or fining.
Franco’s at the top of his game producing cracking wines year in year out from an amazing site.
For those that haven’t had these wines before they represent some of the best value Pinot & Chardonnay you’ll find.
Hoddles Creek’s vineyards are in the cooler upper Yarra, the slopes of many of the sites are calf breaking.
The wines show a deft touch, balancing power and delicacy beautifully.