Garagiste Terre Martime Chardonnay
Current Vintage: 2018
This is stunning. The fruit came from a few rows of Chardonnay sited in the top corner of Merricks Grove that Barney has always felt makes superb and unique Chardonnay. Unlike the majority of the vineyard, the vines are rooted on brown soils as opposed to the more common reddish dirt of the area. The parcel also faces slightly eastwards, offering the vines a cooler, more sheltered aspect.
This second release-raised in a single 500-litre puncheon-strongly backs up that decision. It's tight, but with some air (or time in bottle) there is (or will be) no stopping it.
Racy and elegant with stunning purity; its mixed citrus and white floral notes combine brilliantly with a smoky edge to the fruit. There's serious intensity and structure driving through the wine's pulpy core. The balance, extract and length are all class. Simply one of the finest Mornington whites we have tasted.
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.