Eldridge Estate PTG 2019
- Elegant, lighter
- Mornington Peninsula
If you are a connoisseur of Mornington Peninsula wines, you will undoubtedly know all about Eldridge Estate, a boutique producer operating in Red Hill. David Lloyd runs the whole show there and produces some exceptional wines including pinot noir, chardonnay and gamay.
David is one of the few winemakers in all of Australia producing a passe-tout-grains, or PTG for short. This is a classic though little-known style of wine originating in Burgundy that combines pinot noir and gamay. David utilises carbonic maceration, a fermentation process common in Beaujolais, the home of gamay. The wine is 60% pinot and 40% gamay and the blend is so compelling. It’s like the best of both worlds with Burgundy and Beaujolais...fruity, bright, creamy and a bit medicinal with hints of fennel, anise, raspberries and sour cherries. Never before has complexity and absolute YUM come together in a wine so well.
“A blend of 60% pinot noir, 40% gamay, it's the vinification that is intriguing and very successful. Called Carbo-Crush, the whole bunches are placed in a tank with no additions of any kind, the tank sealed and after a week a handful of bunches are removed and tasted - if there is an explosion of CO2, the bunches are destemmed and fermented dry (if no explosion the tank is resealed for a few more days). The bouquet is rich and complex, the palate likewise.”
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- Mornington Peninsula
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- Blend Info
- 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Gamay
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The Mornington Peninsula is one of those places you dream of retiring - once you've made a cool $10m to get you into the Red Hill club. The sublime mix of temperate climate, expansive views, lush hills and pristine beaches is something not many would turn their nose up at. You can rest assured that every winery here has all the money they need, and although the wines may be relatively expensive, they're made as close to idealistic aspirations as possible. It's hard to find a bad wine. The usual cool climate suspects are the mainstay here (Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling) and they range from ethereal to weighty. Whichever end of the spectrum, they're all class.
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