My wife, Carol Crowther somehow managed to juggle having a constant stream of people visiting the winery with her work as a veterinarian and making the 90 minute journey to cheer me up in hospital all whilst visiting her sister dying of cancer in the hospice in Frankston. The chief organiser of the “Burkitt Team” was George Mihaly of Paradigm Hill who was ably assisted by Steve Marshall, aka “Avo Man” who managed all kind of logistics as tanks and barrels were shifted to all parts of the Peninsula so the many friends could produce wine from my grapes. It would have been much easier to just give up and sell the fruit or leave it on the vine as everyone involved had their own wines to look after but the team approach was lead by George and Steve who used Carol to pass on news or questions. I will be forever grateful for the “Burkitt Team"

Carol Crowther

Carol Crowther

My wife!

George Mihaly

George Mihaly

(Paradigm Hill)

Steve Marshall

Steve Marshall

"Avo Man"

Jeni Port

Jeni Port

who, when hearing of my plight worked with Ed Merrison, asking restaurants to order wine from Eldridge as I was not out and about.

Ed Merrison

Ed Merrison

who, when hearing of my plight worked with Jeni Port, asking restaurants to order wine from Eldridge as I was not out and about.

The team!

The team!

The team responsible for getting many of my wines from barrel to bottle lead by George Mihaly (cream shirt) of Paradigm Hill. The others in the group are John Trueman (Myrtaceae), Damian McFadden (vinvicta), James Sexton (Main Ridge Estate), Liam Scarpella (Point Leo Estate)

Kevin Bell

Kevin Bell

(Hurley Vineyard)...made part of the Pinot Noir. The main part being made by James Sexton (Main Ridge Estate)

Imogen Dillon

Imogen Dillon

(10 Minutes by Tractor) ...made my Fumè Blanc

Hugh Robinson

Hugh Robinson

(Peninsula Vine Care)...managed the vineyard in my absence

Jeremy Magyar and Richard McIntyre

Jeremy Magyar and Richard McIntyre

(Moorooduc Estate) made my 2020 Chardonnays

Janice and Lloyd Bathols

Janice and Lloyd Bathols

...helped get my nets out of storage, onto the vines and back to storage

Geraldine McFaul

Geraldine McFaul

(Willow Creek)...made the PTG20

Tony Lee

Tony Lee

(Foxeys Hangout) produced my Gamay

Andrew Murch

Andrew Murch

(Point Leo Estate)...sampled my grapes at least once a week ably assisted by son Ernie

Liam Scarpella

Liam Scarpella

...helped test the grapes

Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace

(Poplar Bend)...used my tractor to spray the vines

Adam Irish

Adam Irish

(Staindl Wines)...helped with the nets

Paul Staindl

Paul Staindl

(Staindl Wines) helped put my nets on

Liz Tatman & Katie Buschgens

Liz Tatman & Katie Buschgens

(Peninsula Vine Care) ran my harvest days