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2017 Garagiste Merricks Pinot Noir

Mornington Peninsula

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Our Price: $41.99 / bottle (RRP: $45.00 ) Case: 12 x 750ml

'It has beautiful flow, superfine tannin and succulent length. It’s just exemplary all around. It’s very young but the bottle disappeared all too quickly.'
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

  • Anyone with even a passing interest in cool-climate Australia will already know that Garagiste is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s brightest rising stars. Barnaby Flanders created the Garagiste label following his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman (who continues with the Allies label). ‘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.

    Sourced from the Merricks Grove vineyard, the fruit for this wine was hand sorted twice and produced in two ways; one fermenter of whole berries and another of 100% whole bunches.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    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.

    TASTING NOTES

    This is a deep, lively and savoury expression of Mornington, dangerously drinkable from start to finish. Expect a wonderfully graceful, succulent Pinot Noir packed with red plum, spice and dark cherry notes before a lingering, perfumed finish that suggests amaro spice and offers a lick of fine, supporting tannins.

  • REVIEWS

    'This takes complexity in its stride. And complex it certainly is. It throws bunches of herb and spice notes at you but it does so on the wings of solid cherry plum flavour, verging on stewy and undergrowthy and yet remaining fresh, vibrant, indeed almost spritzy. It has beautiful flow, superfine tannin and succulent length. It’s just exemplary all around. It’s very young but the bottle disappeared all too quickly.'
    94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front



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