2016 Eldridge Estate Pinot Noir
Located in a shaded valley in the Mornington Peninsula hinterland, Eldridge Estate is one of the coolest vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula. From vines mostly planted in 1984 the grapes are grown in a single plot of 3 hectares.
Aged in French oak barriques for 16 months. Semi translucent dark red colour with black tinged edges and a light red hue. Aromas of sour to red cherries and strawberries are complexed by notions of forest floor, game, dried herbs and spicy cedar. Rich, supple and powerful, this is in its peak drinking window. Delicious dark cherry, ripe strawberry and anise flavours engulf the mouth supported by a silky smooth tannin structure. The back half picks up ascents of dried meat, forest floor, dried herbs and spicy cedar. Superb power concluding long and highly moreish.
Drink over the next 2-3 years.
Seven clones of pinot noir as a starting point. Wild yeast, 100% whole berries, 25% new oak, three different coopers. Poached strawberries, Turkish delight, red cherry and fistfuls of meaty spice. It has personality and difference within a taut, disciplined frame. It gives up plenty, even this young, but everything suggests there are more delights tucked into its flamboyant sleeves. Drink by 2026.
Campbell Mattinson – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion