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2018 Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir

Hoddles Vines

Hoddles Creek Estate was established in 1997 when the D'Anna family decided to plant a vineyard on the property that had been in the family since 1960. Sitting astride Gembrook Road and adjacent Hoddles Creek, its steeply sloping blocks prohibit mechanical harvesting, with both vineyards being hand pruned and harvested to ensure optimal quality. All that hard work does not translate to exorbitant prices though, with their excellent Estate Pinot proving year after year to be an absolute bargain for the quality of the wine. This week we have Franco's cracking 2018 vintage on offer and we are, yet again, very much taken with the wine. Enjoy!

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2016 Akitu

Akitu vineyard and mountains

We have another cracking offer from Lake Wanaka this week with the exceptional Pinots of Akitu. As opposed to the deep and extracted Rippon wines we offered late March, Akitu is lighter and extremely pure, with dizzying perfume and gorgeous texture. The Estate only produces two Pinot Noirs, planted over a minuscule 12 hectares, and to say that they do it well would be an understatement - raking in awards both nationally and internationally, and with PJ Charteris at the helm of winemaking, it's no surprise Akitu won the People's Choice Award for Best Producer at Pinot Palooza 2018.

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2015 Rippon Vineyard


Lake Wanaka has one of the most stunning landscape of New Zealand's South Island and is home to what is arguably the best Pinot Noir Central Otago has to offer - Rippon. For more than a century now, Nick Mills' family has been farming this beautiful site near the Lake's shore, consistently producing exceptional wines with a true sense of place. This week we have two brilliant Pinot Noirs from the low yielding, clean and expressive 2015 vintage on offer, including the 99 Points Tinkers Field.

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