Eldridge Estate Wendy Chardonnay 6pk 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 Wendy Chardonnay 2018
The second single vineyard chardonnay off the rank, crafted with Burgundian clones 95 and 96. More resinous. Umami creaminess. Toasted nuts, praline and vanilla-cedar oak tones. A weightier palate that is still, in the scheme of things, medium-bodied and restrained, belying the wine's thrumming intensity. The integration of each component is impeccable. Again, an air of generosity despite the underlying tension and precision. These are not wines reliant on sulphuric matchstick aromas, but on high quality fruit, sensitive handling and propitious sites.
Rating: 97 Points
Source: Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion 2021