Garagiste Terre De Feu Pinot Noir
Current Vintage: 2017
Cropped from a specific half-acre plot of the Merricks Grove vineyard, Terre de Feu (the land of fire) takes its name from the vein of pure red ferrosol soils of this plot. The power of the fruit enables a 100% whole-bunch ferment and Terre de Feu remains Garagiste's first and only Pinot made this way. The wine also sees a little more new oak and is released later. From what Flanders calls the vintage of a lifetime, you'd be right to expect some fireworks here.
Right now the wine is a deep cauldron of flavour, featuring intense dark fruits, brown spices and campfire complexity oscillating around a deep, pulsating core of sappy, bunchy freshness and fine structure. It still needs time (or the right food) but it has everything in place to make it superb drinking over many years to come.
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.