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2016 Garagiste Balnarring Pinot Noir

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Another exciting chapter of the Garagiste Pinot Noir story.

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I like the way this combines velvet with grunt.

Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Here's another exciting chapter of the Garagiste Pinot Noir story.

The Balnarring Pinot comes from a little further down from the hill on the Mornington Peninsula than its Merricks brother, and it makes a fascinating comparison. It's a muscular, powerful, structural beast, with the natural generosity of fruit from the warmer 2016 vintage.

This vintage received 94 points from Campbell Mattinson and just a really unique Mornington Pinot.

About Garagiste

Garagiste is the brainchild of Barnaby Flanders. After leaving Allied Wines in 2003 he embarked on a mission to produce small batch premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay under his own label in his beloved Mornington Peninsula.

Barney loves the sub-regionality to be exploited in Mornington Peninsula, the slight alterations in aspect and soil profile within this small wine producing region provide him with the scaffolding around which he builds his stunning harem of small batch wines.

They are only ever made in small quantities so time is of the essence if you want to explore the world of Garagiste.

Barney in his barrel room
Barney in his barrel room
Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Reviews

Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

"We’ve travelled down the hill a bit when we head to Balnarring. We’re not talking Tuerong territory, which is flatter and warmer, but we’ve come down from the undulating ‘heights’ of Main Ridge, Red Hill and Merricks. I like the way this combines velvet with grunt. There’s a satiny aspect to both the fruit and the oak but there’s so much tannin and savoury-spice that it has a broody kind of grumble to it. It’s a muscle-car version of pinot noir. The fruit is dark, there are deli meat and clove-like notes, there are sparks of spice. It’s about bones with plenty of meat on them." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

The 20-year-old Silverwood vineyard in Balnarring provides the fruit and Barnaby Flanders takes care of the rest.

This north-facing parcel, on grey sandy loams begets a slightly denser Pinot than Garagiste's wine from Merricks; more in the way of darker fruit peppered with brown spices and chunkier tannins. Picked on 5th March.

The grapes are hand sorted twice, in the vineyard and again in the winery on a sorting table; slowly destemmed by gravity, into small open fermenters. Fermented with wild yeast (total time on skins is 23 days). Gentle cap management, predominantly with light pump overs and a few plunges. Matured in 300-litre hogsheads (20% new François Frères), the wine is matured on lees for 10 months before bottling. Bottled unfiltered.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

The picturesque Merricks vineyard at sunrise
The picturesque Merricks vineyard at sunrise
Mornington Peninsula, VIC
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