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2016 Garagiste Terre de Feu Pinot Noir

2016 Garagiste Terre de Feu Pinot Noir

A whole lotta bunchy spice, positive pencilly oak, liquorice/aniseed richness, darker fruits (from memory). Firm in the mouth with terrific line, a carpet of deliciously earthy tannin, and a bold and long finish.'
95 Points -  Gary Walsh

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$389.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

Mornington Peninsula
2016
750ml
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$389.94
Mornington Peninsula
2016
750ml
THE BRIEF
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Barnaby Flanders was a co-founder of Allies Wines (see separate entry) in 2003, with some of the wines made under the Garagiste label. Allies has now gone its own way, and Barnaby has a controlling interest in the Garagiste brand.

    The focus is on the Mornington Peninsula. The grapes are hand-sorted in the vineyard and again in the winery.

    The Pinot is 100% whole bunch fermented with native yeasts and extended 28 days maceration on skins during which time the cap was gently massaged with light footpressing. Aged in 2 hogsheads for 10 months (one of which was new) the wine was bottled unfiltered after 10 months on fine lees. 90 cases produced.

  • Cropped from a specific 0.5-acre plot of the Merricks Grove vineyard, Terre de Feu (the land of fire) takes its name from the vein of pure red ferrosol in this part of the vineyard. Barney had noticed the vines in this little ironstone patch always produced slightly smaller, more intense bunches with a juice of greater depth and concentration than the rest of the vineyard. This was the rationale for the 100% whole bunch ferment. Terre de Feu remains Garagiste's only 100% whole bunch Pinot and the wine also sees a little more new oak. As exciting as the 2014 and 2015 were, this year's wine is a step up with a finer balance and integration of all components.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Expect a lifted yet restrained and complex nose with red fruits, smoke, bacon and thyme notes leading to an intense, deep palate with a core of silky Pinot fruit framed by fine, powdery tannins. Long, long, long. A serious Pinot that is delicious now but that will equally benefit from a few years in the cellar.

  • Barnaby Flanders was a co-founder of Allies Wines (see separate entry) in 2003, with some of the wines made under the Garagiste label. Allies has now gone its own way, and Barnaby has a controlling interest in the Garagiste brand. The focus is on the Mornington Peninsula. The grapes are hand-sorted in the vineyard and again in the winery. Chardonnay is whole-bunch pressed, barrel-fermented with wild yeast in new and used French oak, mlf variably used, 8-9 months on lees. Seldom fined or filtered.