Saturday, November 14, 2009

2008 Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir

Interesting wine . . .

Had this last night with dinner at an Italian restaurant. The first thing you notice is that it's cloudy. Its the light red that you get with a lot of pinot, however you can't see through it because of the cloudiness.

Raspberries and strawberries on the nose, but its reasonably understated and certainly not the obvious nose you get with a lot of Aussie Pinot. Something else was there that I couldn't quite put my finger on but it was possibly a bit yeasty.

On the palate it is savoury, long, and has some soft tannins that I liked. It also had a biterness and/or sourness that I couldn't quite work out whether I liked or not. Generally speaking I quite like sour cherry flavours in wine, and even don't mind a hint of bitterness, but this somehow just marginally crossed the line whereby on some mouthfuls I really enjoyed it, whereas on others it was just a bit too bitter and sour.

So while this wasn't a wine for hedonistic pleasure, it certainly had appeal and had me thinking about the wine the whole way through. Its too young to be drinking it now, but i reckon it might just turn up beautifully in a few years time. Going to put my remaining bottles in a dark corner in the cellar . . .



Julian said...

yeah I agree, this is so young right now. I don't have long-standing experience with this label, but of the ones I've had, they seem to really come alive a couple of years after vintage. or at least become more accessible.


Red said...

Good to hear. Will be really interested to see how it develops.

Tasted a few burgundys at a tasting recently, and one of them really reminded me of the hoddles creek. Really savoury style of pinot.


Red said...

This is just starting to come into its own. Drank over two day and it got better and better in that time.
Savoury, succulent, and just starting to develop that Pinot silkiness of mouthfeel.

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