Eldridge Estate of Red Hill is one of the oldest vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula. Located at the peak of the Mornington Peninsula’s Hinterland, the vineyard and winery have one of the coolest sites in the region, which make for an excellent place to grow chardonnay, pinot noir and gamay. Wines grown here have beautifully fragrant aromas and sensuous textures that provide great enjoyment.
Owner and winemaker, David Lloyd, has been making wine for more than forty-five years and, having worked the almost four-decade old vines of Eldridge Estate for twenty-six years, understands this very special patch of dirt.
The vineyard is run in a sustainable way with minimal use of chemicals and tractor work. The vineyard vehicle, forklift and David’s personal car are all battery-powered, charged by the 15kVA of solar panels on the winery roof. Most years, this highly sustainable winery exports more energy to the grid than it takes from it.
Recently, Eldridge Estate’s wines have garnered many positive reviews and commendations across the board. The winery’s top chardonnay ‘Wendy’ is a tribute to David’s late wife (1954–2014) and has always been rated among the region’s finest.
The pinot noir was recently given praise by Ned Goodwin in the wine companion, while the current release of gamay received a wonderful review by James Halliday. “Spectacular colour, spectacular wine. Layer up layer of plum, pepper and spice with tannins made to order,” Halliday declared. These glowing critiques truly reflect Eldridge Estate’s successful pursuit for quality and flavour.
Take a visit to this picturesque estate and attend a 45-minute wine tasting at the cellar door by appointment, Friday to Monday, from 11am to 5pm. Bookings can be made via the website at a non-refundable fee of $10.00 per person. Enjoying delicious wines and gorgeous views on the cellar door deck at Eldridge Estate is an experience you won’t forget.
⇐ 2019 Wendy Chardonnay
This flagship white wine is made from a blend of three different types of Chardonnay, also known as clones. Each clone tends to ripen at a different time each year, so they are fermented separately in French oak barriques with no added yeast. The wine is a beautiful but subtle example of Chardonnay that builds intensity in the glass.
⇐ 2017 Pinot Noir
The wine is a blend of seven different clones of pinot noir, serving as Eldridge Estate’s flagship pinot noir, rated 95-points by James Halliday. The fragrance, balance and length are in perfect alignment, providing a very sensuous taste experience. The wine is aged in French oak, approximately a quarter being new.
⇐ 2019 Gamay
Gamay is the grape variety behind the French region of Beaujolais. It is very rare in Australia but found a home at Eldridge in 1996. The 2019 vintage is a dark wine with aromas of plum and spice. On the palate there are red berry flavours, spice and plum, all held in place with a lovely balance of flavour and acid.
⇐ 2020 PTG
The wine is a blend of pinot noir and gamay that has been fermented in whole bunches in a natural process known as maceration fermentation. It is light bodied and soft textured, the flavour delicious and pristinely clean, showing vibrant red berry with pepper and a little blueberry. It is a wonderful wine to enjoy by the glass on the deck at Eldridge Estate.
120 Arthurs Seat Road,
Open 11:00am–5:00pm Friday to Monday
Wine tastings available by appointment only
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