Eldridge Estate Gamay 12pk 2018
Eldridge Estate is one of those unique, truly special places where a site and the guiding personalities are in perfect harmony. David Lloyd and his (late) wife, Wendy, purchased the property in 1995, and set about making wines of near incomparable commitment to their terroir in Red Hill, Mornington. Only 3ha under vine in a special sloping, enclosed valley – these are cool, elegant and unadorned wines. Eldridge Estate specialise in the local kings, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but with a superb Gamay added – one of Australia’s finest.
Eldridge Estate Gamay 2018
Medium-deep, glowing red-purple colour, with a bouquet that is quite sulfidic at first, but this dissipates with decanting or aeration. Then, the dark-cherry fruit comes up, together with mixed spices, presenting an alluring bouquet. In the mouth, it's bright and light-bodied, fresh and lively, with tangy acidity and nervy mouth-feel. It comes into its own with food, which takes care of the acidity. A day later: no sulfide. Five days later: still fresh and drinking superbly. (100% destemmed fruit. Aged in large oak. 13.5% alc. Screw-cap)
Rating: 92 Points
Source: Huon Hooke, The Real Review (October 2019)