Garagiste Le Stagiare Pinot Noir
Current Vintage: 2019
The wines that make up this terrific value blend could quite easily have been bottled as single-vineyard wines. Balnarring and Tuerong make up the bulk of the blend, with a little whole-bunch Merricks adding lift and complexity. Across the blend, the grapes were sorted then de-stemmed (a small percentage was fermented with 10% whole bunches), and then fermented in concrete using indigenous yeast, with minimal hand plunging and 22 days on skins. The wine was then aged for ten months on gross lees in puncheon, concrete and foudre (5% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered. The note below sums up this deliciously sappy and juicy Pinot well.
It is not really summer in Melbourne until you’ve packed up the car and crammed every living friend and relative into the car for a day/weekend trip to the Mornington Peninsula. On the tail end of the Eastern Bay of Melbourne, you can expect to find a dynamic range of beach side living. From the low key, sleepy beach towns to bustling coastal communities - packed with arriviste private schools, cafes, boutiques, competitive polo and some of the most expensive strips of holiday home real estate serving some of the richest people in the nation. You might even catch a glimpse of Lindsay Fox landing his helicopter on his Portsea front beach mansion.
Unlike the pretences of its holiday makers, the region packs a punch now that wine making has returned to favour in the area after a period of decline. You can expect to find high quality, cool climate wines that deliver fresh, smooth mouthfeel and a sense of wanting more. We can’t get enough of summer in the peninsula, and the cracka’ selection of winemakers are a perfect pairing.
"Wow, this is a great pinot noir. Has an almost electric pulse. Bright, cranberry and pomegranate fruit, taut and fresh, a web of charry-reductive tannins but so judiciously found. Sinew and pucker, wine drawn long, it's one for the very elemental and savoury pinot lovers. Complex and compelling wine." 94 points, Mike Bennie, The Winefront