It's not hard to warm to Franco D'Anna, and when chatting to him he spits out, "I let the wine live and let the vineyard dictate what the wine looks like." Sense of place and vintage differentiation is something I am a fan of.
Lime cordial and a little musk, the flavours are soft and slightly drying but the wine possesses a lovely depth. Good phenolics deliberately left in the wine, the texture had me in a spin.
As described by Franco, this is a "winemaker's wine".
Limited stocks available nationally from good independent bottle shops.
Grab some if you can.
Who: Hoddles Creek Estate
What: Pinot Blanc (12% alc)
Where: Yarra Valley