Garagiste, Cotier Gewürztraminer, Mornington Peninsula, Australia, 2017
When we first heard of Garagiste, we were told that you couldn’t meet a nicer guy than Barney Flanders. It turns out that not only was that true but sometimes the nice guys do win out!
With a string of eye-watering scores from Mr Halliday, Garagiste is one of the most exciting producers in the Mornington Peninsula, defined by their small-batch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With focus on specific sites and sub-regions at the heart of what they do, coupled with the use of natural yeasts and no fining or filtration, its little surprise that the wines display a detail and texture that marks them out as beautifully crafted.
Vines are trellis trained in the Vertical Shoot Positioning system on a North facing slope, on sand and brown loam soils. Organic principles are at the heart of everything Garagiste do.
The grapes underwent 100% whole-bunch fermentation for 26 days. After maturation in old oak for 9 months, the wine was bottled unfiltered and with only minimal sulphur.
Type: French oak barriques
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
The nose opens with notes of lychee, rose petals, talc, ginger and a briary spice punch, which complicates the classic Turkish delight aromas with gnarly-edged notes of orange oil, reedy grass, cinnamon, glacé fruit and amaro spice – in fact, there’s a distinct echo of Amaro Montenegro here. Grape tannin folds in, taking the place of acidity and giving this a fresh, moreish and food-happy angle, with a layer of glycerol and softness giving it flex and texture.
12 x 75cl