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Garagiste, Australia

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.

Viticulture

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.

Winemaking

Fermentations are usually spontaneous using native yeasts. The Chardonnay is whole bunch pressed before a barrel fermentation in a combination of new and used French oak barrels, usually with a malolactic fermentation and 8 to 9 months on the lees. The Pinot is fermented in small open vats with light plunging or pump overs for gentle extraction. After approx 20 days, the wine is pressed off to barrels of which 10-50% are new.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • High quality, cool climate viticulture with minimal intervention.
  • Winemaking is gentle, only using wild yeasts, with no fining or filtration.
  • Small batch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.