Current Vintage: 2018
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
Garagiste's first harvest for a sparkling base took place roughly two weeks before the Merricks vineyard table wines, Barney picking with both depth of flavour and freshness in mind. In the shed, fruit was slowly whole-bunch pressed directly to old barriques for a wild ferment with no temperature control. Post-primary it was kept on full solids for eight months. The secondary fermentation was initiated in bottle in October 2018, and the wine stayed on these lees for 26 months, when it was disgorged with an extra-brut level of 2.5g/L of dosage.
Wearing the lightest hint of colour, this is finely perfumed with a bright, red-fruited nose. The palate has super depth and intensity, and bags of personality. It presents the kind of energy and purity that we expect of Merricks Pinot, with delicate notes of cranberry, white strawberry and florals, with juicy, crunchy freshness. This is a terrific wine, with far more sophistication than you might expect at this price.
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.