Garagiste Merricks Pinot Noir
Current Vintage: 2018
Sourced from the Merricks Grove vineyard, the fruit for this wine was hand-sorted twice and fermented in two ways: one fermenter of whole berries and another of 100% whole bunches. These two portions were then blended together. Both fermentations were natural with a reasonably long maceration and yet gentle extraction-light pump-overs and a few gentle plunges. The wine matured in 300-litre hogsheads (roughly 20% new, Francois Freres) and spent eleven months on lees before bottling, unfiltered.
It's a supple and savoury expression of the shire, dangerously drinkable from start to finish. Expect a juicy personality packed with spiced cherry, grenadine, subtle nettle and classy wood spice leading to a lingering, perfumed finish and a lick of fine tannin.
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.
"Twiggy, floral, spicy, light and red fruited. The tannin here is particularly good, with a firmness and dusty grip that's so pleasing to feel. It has light, energy, and a heap of charm and interest, a slight cherry lolly flavour, and a solid finish, that perhaps holds it back from taking home an even higher score. I like its style." 93+ points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front