About This Wine
From Garagiste’s Merricks Grove vineyard; vines planted in red volcanic and brown loam soil; 100% whole-bunch fermentation for 18 days; maturation in old oak for 9 months; bottled unfined and with only minimal sulphur. This offers a richer and more seductive nose with complex and deep notes of ripe apple, roasted nuts and nutmeg. In the mouth the wine is driven, fleshy, finely structured and delicious. There’s an excellent balance between flesh and grip. There are lots of layers and flavours that remind me of pear, ripe apple and brown spices.
Mornington Peninsula Wines
South of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula grape growing region has a cool, maritime climate that is most known for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production. Other varieties that have seen some success here include Pinot Gris and Tempranillo.
However, it does seem that Pinot Noir is their focus judging from the fact that The Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration is held once every two years. The event displays the region’s capabilities in making some of Australia’s finest Pinot Noir in front of local and international audiences.
The Wine Front – A month macerating on skins has given this wine a lease on life in the orange wine spectrum. Interesting project from Barney Flanders, who tells me that it was born from his love of phenolics and structure in wine, and a willingness to see the same in his whites. I like it. Dense fog of scent shows ripe melon and apple fruit characters, a whiff of juniper or gin-like botanicals, touch of green herb but just a pinch, an orangey aroma too; all appealing. Succulent, full mouthful of juicy fruit hemmed with a corset of fine, chalky tannins. Character-filled, complex white of high drinkability.