Syberia is Franco D'Anna's nickname for the highest, coldest part of the Chardonnay vineyards at Hoddles Creek Estate.
"No medal at the last Yarra Valley wine show, and not a cracker in its linked Halliday Chardonnay Challenge (that’s sub 87 points on my scale). Not sure if that’s two lots of tasting or one, but it’s in good company with the mighty 2012 Hillcrest Premium Chardonnay, which also was not thrown a bone. ‘Syberia’ is Franco D’Anna’s nickname for the highest block at Hoddles Creek (rows E-W), so likely the coldest, I’m guessing. Whole bunch pressed straight to barrel, with no additions, fining or filtration. 100 dozen made.
This is a cooler, leaner style, though it does not lack richness. It tastes of stonefruit and citrus and brine, with plenty of milky and savoury flavours, a whisper of cinnamon oak and pastry dough. Cool flavours, fleshy feel, but with stony acidity. Length is super. Don’t mock me, but served blind I might pick it as Raveneau. Feels very natural and unforced. It’s not so much about fruit, as texture and length. Beautiful wine." - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front