Garagiste, Le Stagiare Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Australia, 2016
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.
There are four distinct sites, spanning three different sub-regions of the Mornington Peninsula: sand based soils in Moorooduc and Tuerong; brown loam on red volcanic soils around Merricks and Merricks North; red volcanic soils in the Red Hill and Main Ridge areas. The grapes are hand sorted in the vineyard and again in the winery, only using the most pristine berries.
A native yeast fermentation into small open top fermenters with a total time of 25 days on the skins. A gentle cap management, with light pump overs and a few plunges. Matured on the lees for 10 months in 15% new French 300l hogsheads. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Type: French oak hogshead
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 15
A powerful nose of plums, clove, cinnammon, cranberry and raspberry complimented by aromas of liquorice and clove. The palate is focussed, elegant and long with refreshing acidity and lots of fine intense tannin.
Best with rare roast beef or a good steak!
Pinot Noir 100%
12 x 75cl