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Vineyard: Eldridge Estate

OwnersDavid Lloyd, Wendy Lloyd
VarietiesChardonnay, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Eldridge Estate Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5% alc.. One of the coolest and oldest vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula with vines dating back to 1984. Owner and winemaker David Lloyd is dubbed the “Clone Ranger” in Australia for his research on clones of Pinot Noir. 7 acres of Pinot Noir (6 clones) and Chardonnay (5 clones). This wine is darker than usual in this vintage. 10% whole cluster. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Endearing aromas of cherry, brown spice and vanilla picking up intensity over time in the glass. The middleweight flavors of dark cherry and raspberry are vivid and expansive, finishing with noticeable verve and length. The oak is complimentary but could benefit from more time to fully integrate The suave, suede-like tannins are nicely balanced. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-closed bottle. Score: 93. Reviewed September 14, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Eldridge Estate Single Clone MPV6 Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5% alc.. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. This wonderful wine is showing a modest oak sheen that will integrate over time. The nose offers aromas of cherry, sandalwood, spice and sweet oak. Impressive fullness and richness on the palate that features discreetly concentrated flavors of black cherry, blackberry and plum. Soft, even velvety in the mouth, with a richly fruited, very long finish. Hard to resist now, this gorgeous Pinot Noir will benefit from a few years in the cellar. Score: 93-94. Reviewed September 14, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Eldridge Estate Red Hill Victoria Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5%, 120 cases, $49.99. Importer H. Mercer Imports, Studio City, CA. Indigenous yeast fermentation, aged in mostly older French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Pleasing aromas of red cherries, tea, rose petals and a hint of smoky oak taking on more fruit intensity over time in the glass. Middleweight flavors of red and black cherry backed by well-proportioned dry tannins with nicely integrated oak in the background. Some spice and mineral nuances add interest. Very silky and caressing on the palate with a juicy, bright finish. Score: 91. Reviewed September 5, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Eldridge Estate Single Clone MV6 Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.6% alc.. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Somewhat shy aromas of darker cherries and raspberries. Pleasing middleweight flavors of black cherry and plum with an earthy, savory underpinning. The tannins are fine-grain, the oak plays a flattering role, and the fruit-driven finish lasts and lasts. A charming wine with impressive harmony. Will easily last another 10 years in the cellar. Score: 92. Reviewed September 14, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Eldridge Estate Red Hill Mornington Peninsula Victoria Australia Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., screw cap. · Moderate deep red color in the glass. Attractive aromas of cherries and ripe strawberries with a hint of oak and mint. Delicious slightly confected cherry core that is rich yet light on its feet. Accents of savory herbs and cinnamon spice are complimentary. Beautifully composed with gossamer tannins and a crisp finish. My only nit would be a lack of persistence on the refreshing finish but the wine more than makes up for this with upfront charm. Reviewed November 13, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Eldridge Estate Single Clone MV6 Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

14.0% alc.. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass with no sign of aging. Fresh and bright aromas of cherry and red plum initially, fading a bit in the glass over time with more oak showing up. Light to mid weight flavors of cherries and raspberries with a hint of spice and mushroom. Very elegant with supple tannins and some finishing length. Drinking beautifully now, but will hold a few more years. Score: 90. Reviewed September 14, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »