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Elgee Park

www.elgeeparkwines.com.au

RMB 5560, Wallaces Rd, Merricks North, 3926

Cellar Door: One day a year -the Sunday of Queens Birthday weekend

Ph: (03) 5989 7338

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Elgee Park at Melbourne's Federation Square Regional Showcase

Baillieu Myer's Elgee Park, is the oldest surviving vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula and ha splayed a significan trole in the early development of the region. It is also, still to this day, a substantial farming property, which embraces cattle grazing.

In the early 1970s, Myer was President of the French Chamber of Commerce and one of the founders of the Burgundian Confrerie des chevalliers de Tastevin in Australia and recalled: "We were entertaining a visiting French delegation from Bordeaux on the property...We looked out across the hills and my guests, including David Wynn, suggested to me that I should plant wine grapes. Fortified by a good lunch I thought 'why not?'.

In 1972 Baillieu Myer, acquired and planted the 400 cuttings that became the first commercial vines of the modern era on the Mornington Peninsula.The initial planting comprised the principal red varieties of Bordeaux and some Riesling.

The first Elgee Park wines were made in 1975 by Ian Hickinbotham, and his late son Stephen. In 1984 Elgee Park became one of the first self-contained wineries on the Mornington Peninsula. It was also the first winery on the Peninsula to release wine in magnums.

The first meeting of the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association was held at Elgee Park, and the first Stonier wines were made at Elgee Park 's winery. The vineyard was also one of the first in the region to try Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Viognier as well as unsuccessful trials with Sauvignon Blanc and Traminer.

Today, the 4.5 hectares under vine comprise Riesling, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and small plantings of Pinot Gris and Shiraz .

The winemaker is Geraldine Faull, the former wine-maker at Stonier (now at Willow Creek) and has also done some vintages in Burgundy. The Reserve Viognier and Pinot Gris are made by Kathleen Quealy (ex T'Gallant).

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Elgee Park Family Reserve Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2017, fragrant lemon peel, apple and lime with rose petal and citrus blossom notes, flinty and linear with chalky phenolics and vibrant grapefruit acidity (****)

Elgee Park Cuvee Brut 2011

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2017,aged on lees for 40 months, for the first time some Pinot Meunier and been added to the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, creamy apple cider, white nectarine and green melon with well developed testy autolysis,sherbet and dusty aspects, crunchy lemon rind acid base (****)

Elgee Park Cuvee Brut 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2014, 36 months on lees, dry with developed autolytic complexity, apple cider, lemon sherbet and pear with toasty bread aspects, fine powdery mousse with some sea spray and bright lemony acidity on the finish (****1/2)

Elgee Park Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2014, MV6 clone, 100% destemmed, lighter than usual reflecting the cold vintage, sour cherry and plum, rather glycerolly palate with thyme and fennel notes, earthy with some charred game aspects but lacks enough concentration on the back end, firmish acidity and very fine tannins (***1/2)

Elgee Park Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2010, leafy, light-medium bodied cool climate style showing dark plum and mulberry with rhubarb and black pepper, loose knit powdery tannins and a fresh cut of acid, the 22 months in French oak brings ample roast coffee/chocolate/cedar to the finish (***1/2)

Elgee Park Reserve Viognier 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, fairly restrained by Viognier’s standards showing pear skin, apple and apricot with light touches of ginger and apricot, some savoury lees complexity, slightly oily with well controlled phenolics, bone dry finish, some deft wine-making from Kathleen Quealy (****)

Elgee Park Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, from MV6 clones, generously flavoured and spicy black cherry and plum with some earthy mushroom undertones, medium bodied with fine tannins, the acid backbone provides some drive to the wine but is fractionally too forward and broad to score more highly (***1/2)

Elgee Park Reserve Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, full malo with substantial lees stirred inputs, creamy lemon curd, nectarine, lemon and pineapple with savoury and broche notes, toasty and spicy cashew-vanilla oak on the minerally finish (***1/2)

Elgee Park Cuvee Brut 2006

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, sparkling made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, delicate green apple and strawberry with oatmeal nuances, the mid-palate also shows some mid-palate brioche, fine bead, dry and savoury finish (***1/2)

Elgee Park Family Reserve Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, waxy red apple, lime and passionfruit with some toasty brown spices, the zesty lemon rinds acids give it some drive, a promising beginning but it is a touch too heavily phenolic and lacks the length to fully deliver (***)

Elgee Park Family Reserve Viognier 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2010, a rather unctuous and oily wine showing tinned pear and apricot with ginger, honeysuckle and flint notes, crisp and minerally finish, the phenolics have just crossed the knife edge where the wine starts to show some metallicness (***)

Elgee Park Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2010

(GXY Tasting): Dec 2007, elegant black cherry cherry, raspberry and dark plum with some dark chocolate notes, medium bodied, smooth glycerol with pepper and dried herb notes, savoury with forest floor features, smooth tannins (****)

Elgee Park Family Reserve Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: October 2006, unusual style showing creamy lemon features along side the more varietal peach, melon and grapefruit flavours, stylish toasty cashew and well balanced acid, class act (****)

Elgee Park Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: October 2006, light-medium bodied with fresh strawberry and plum with some slight chocolate on the finish, crisp finish (***1/2)

Elgee Park Family Reserve Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: October 2006, light food wine style with fresh lime with apple and peach notes, soft, dry minerally finish (***)

Elgee Park Family Cabernet Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: October 2006, blackberry and mint Cabernet with some peppery, red fruit Merlot to fill the mid-palate hole, fruit depth and length not convincing, smoky oak, soft tannins (**1/2)