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Eldridge Estate

eldridge-estate.jpgDavid and Wendy Lloyd purchased Eldridge Estate as an established vineyard in 1995 (initial plantings were 1985) and it comprises 2.8 hectares of vines.  Some of the most thoughtful wines produced on the Peninsula are those made by David Lloyd at the picturesque property, and it will come as no surprise to know that David is somewhat, er, obsessive when it comes to viticulture.  Five clones of Pinot Noir and five clones of Chardonnay are planted, and generally three different Pinots and at least two Chardonnays are produced each year.  

Whilst it's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that receive most of the accolades, Eldridge Estate also produces a number of other delicious wines, especially his Beaujolais-inspired pair of Gamay and PTG (so-named for Passetoutgrains, the Burgundian quaffing blend of Gamay with Pinot Noir).eldridge-vines.jpg

The reds are de-stemmed and whole berry fermented using the indigenous yeasts after a short (usually four days) pre-ferment maceration.  The whites are whole-bunch pressed before the Chardonnay is entirely barrel fermented utilising 50% new oak.  The Sauvignon and Sauvignon blend are innoculated and fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.

Eldridge's wines are quite striking, very complex and flavoursome yet always light on their feet, with an uncommon elegance and finesse.  They are very much winemaker's wines, just how David and Wendy want them to be.
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