Eldridge Estate (Geelong)
❁ Eldridge Estate (Geelong) www.eldridge-estate.com.au
David & Wendy Lloyd Midland Highway, Bannockburn, VIC 3331
Tel: 03 5281 1979 Fax: 03 5281 1979
In 1995, David & Wendy Lloyd acquired Eldridge Estate. The vineyard, originally planted in 1984, is located on a north facing slope at 225 metres above sea level on rich terra rossa volcanic loam. Protected from harsh winds by natural land forms, the ripening period is long and cool. With a latitude of 38 22’ 16” and longitude 145 1’ 11, in altitude and climate, it is similar to Burgundy. Unsurprisingly, the focal point of the range is three Chardonnays and three Pinot Noirs (during their tenure, the Lloyds have grafted the vineyard over to the latest clones: six of Pinot Noir, five of Chardonnay). The Lloyds also make a sparkling wine (using all three Champagne varieties), an oaked Sauvignon Blanc and a Gamay. One hundred percent focused on the business, they work the seven acre vineyard and make the wines themselves. Production is small (between 800 and 1000 cases a year), but then the wines, all estate grown and bottled, are perfectly formed. Long and intense, the Estate and Clonal Blend Pinot Noirs are particularly refined, lifted and silky. The Estate Chardonnay shows the region’s classic fleshy white peach, deftly balanced by a long thread of citrus acidity. (SA)
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