VOLUME 9, ISSUE 46
August 25, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Charles Heintz Vineyards: Getting to Know Winegrower Charlie Heintz and the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from His Very Special Vineyard Lucienne: Very Special Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands Formaglini Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted Wines A New Wave of Outstanding Print Wine Magazines Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking, Hahn Estates
Eldridge Estate is located 90 minutes south of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula.
The estate is owned by David and Wendy Lloyd who produce hand-crafted Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Gamay and Sauvignon Blanc from the estate vineyard. They have 7 acres under vines, all with superb views of the valley and hills behind the vineyard and winery. The vineyard has an altitude of 225 meters at a Latitude 38 22' 16" and Longitude 145 1' 11" . So in altitude and climate, the site is similar to Burgundy in France.
The soil is a rich volcanic loam on a north facing slope that drops 45 meters from the top, near Arthurs Seat Road, to the spring-fed dam at the bottom of row 1 (160 meters long). It is protected from harsh winds by natural land forms which result in a long, cool, ripening period. The soils are volcanic loam from the Ordovician era, or about 200 Million years before present time. This means that the combination of ancient landforms and soil have combined to produce a truly unique set of conditions that make our vineyard special. The vines have been trained into what is known as the Scott Henry system of canopy management to provide the best possible flavor development.
Pinot Noir is the star here and is produced in a very appealing elegant style modeled after the wines of Chambolle-Musigny. The wines are sold primarily through the cellar door.
Articles About Eldridge Estate
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 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 ARTICLE »
2005 Eldridge Estate Red Hill Victoria Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., screw cap. · A very accessible nose of crushed cherries, spice and a hint of toast. Soft, subtle sour cherry and tea flavors. Firm acidic background. One for the table. Reviewed June 17, 2007 ARTICLE »
2003 Eldridge Estate Single Clone MV6 Pinot Noir
14.0% alc.. · A beautiful and feminine Pinot Noir with an alluring perfume of violets, roses and crushed strawberries. The lengthy finish ends with a raspberry kiss. Perfect with food. Reviewed June 17, 2007 ARTICLE »
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