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Eldredge RL Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Clare Valley, South Australia

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Drunk July 2015

The winery

Eldredge Vineyards cellar door opened in December 1994 after many months of renovating an 80 year old stone cottage. In 1993 45 hectares was purchased in the Sevenhill Ranges in the heart of the Clare Valley to plant Shiraz and Sangiovese.

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Situated on the Spring Gully scenic drive route in the Clare Valley, located directly west of Sevenhill, on the boundary of the Clare valley at 440 metres above sea level overlooking the Blyth Plains, with vineyard rising to 530 metres at its highest point.  Eldredge wines are produced from 100% Clare Valley fruit

Owner, Director, & Chief Wine Maker – Leigh Eldredge

Owner, Director, & Chief Wine Maker – Leigh Eldredge

The owner and wine maker at Eldridge is a graduate from the prestigious Roseworthy College (Adelaide University) in 1991 and with 15 years experience working vintages for Leasingham, Stanley and Annie’s Lane Quelltaler.

In the 2004 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge, out of 264 entries and judged by the highly credentialed and experienced panel of James Halliday, John Duval, and Stephen Henschke, the Eldredge Vineyards 2002 Blue Chip Shiraz was awarded a Gold Medal beating such highly acclaimed names such as Kilikanoon, Wolf Blass Grey Label, Fox Creek and Grant Burge among others. 

James Halliday has named Eldredge Vineyards as one of his ‘Australia’s Top Ten Dark Horse Wineries’ in the 2014 edition of the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion:
“Leigh and Karen Eldredge established their vineyard and winery 20 years ago in the Sevenhill Ranges at an altitude of 500metres above Watervale. Over the years they have had conspicuous success with one or two wines, but have now produced a suite of lovely wines from the 2010 and 2012 vintages, All keenly priced.” The 2012 Eldredge Blue Chip Shiraz has achieved cult status as one of the Clare Valley’s most sought-after Shiraz, rated 94 points in the Halliday Guide, it will cellar brilliantly for a decade.

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The wine

The RL refers to Leigh Eldredge's Father in Law Ray Louis Hilton who loved his red wine. 

A blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec and shiraz matured in American and French oak. Deep crimson in the glass with blackberry and cherry on the nose and palate with fine tannins and a long finish with hints of spice and eucalyptus. The fruity acidity reminds me of an Italian Sangiovese, with the Shiraz and Malbec added great depth with the 14.8% alcohol not overpowering the RL if it is served at the correct temperature. The wine can be cellared for 8-10 years but is very good now 5 years on. My favourite wine from the estate is the Blue Chip Shiraz but this is certainly worth trying. 

Bought Australainwinecentre.co.uk £18