Hoddles Creek is an estate in the Yarra Valley that I am not particularly familiar with. As an unabashed fan of cabernet (done well, that is), however, I was very pleased to try this wine. Yarra Valley cabernet, when it works, can be outstanding. The 2006 was a good year in the Yarra Valley too for cabernet.
What then of Hoddles Creek’s 2006 cab? It has a tightly wound aroma of blackcurrants. On the palate, there are tannins and some length, and a certain coiled tension that reminded me a little of a younger Yarra Yering. I think this wine is really quite good, and most certainly a bargain. 86 points.
Price: around $20
Would I buy it having tasted it? Yes