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2016 Garagiste Merricks Pinot Noir

Mornington Peninsula

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Our Price: $39.99 / bottle (RRP: $45.00 ) Case: 12 x 750ml

'Indeed the complexity on offer here, for such a young wine, is notable... It’s a wine with plenty going on.'
93 Points - Campbell Mattinson

  • Barnaby Flanders created the Garagiste label following his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman. Barney now focuses on a snug range of small-batch wines from fruit sourced from the highly prized Merricks Grove vineyard, the Silverwood vineyard (Balnarring), and the Hugh Robinson vineyard in Moorooduc. Garagiste, the main label, is ably supported by delicious entry-level wines under the Le Stagiaire banner.


    The grapes were hand sorted twice - in the vineyard, and again in the winery on a sorting table. The fruit was then slowly destemmed into small open fermenters with wild yeast ferments and a reasonably long maceration (total time on skins is 23 days). The extraction process was gentle with light pump overs and a few plunges. The wine was then matured in 300-litre hogsheads (20% new François Frères) and spent ten months on lees before bottling, unfiltered.


    Imagine a punnet filled with bright Satsuma plums, red berries, a few cloves and a hint of grated nutmeg. On the tongue you've got a sappy and refined texture, with succulent fruit sweetness mopped up by long, refreshing tannins. A really class and seductive Pinot.


    'It’s smoky and stern, herbal too, but it has both the fruit and the pinky musk-like notes to carry the day. Indeed the complexity on offer here, for such a young wine, is notable. Chicory, undergrowth, black cherry, orange rind and toast-like notes weave their way through the palate. It’s not in any way sweet but nor is it bitter or unripe. I don’t have winemaking specs but it feels as though there’s a whole bunch element – in its twiggy/undergrowthy characters, its mouthfeel and indeed its tannin – though it could be the year and the vineyard rather than the process. No matter. It’s a wine with plenty going on; a wine which should mature well in the medium term, if not longer. It needs a little more time for the flesh to find its feet but it’s getting there. Quality oak here adds a seductive element.'
    93 Points - Campbell Mattinson

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