Garagiste Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir 2017


It has a full body with a firm tannic backbone. Drink with something gamey or cellar for up to 7 years.

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Garagiste is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s brightest rising stars. Barnaby Flanders created the Garagiste label following his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman. Barnaby now focuses on a small range of micro-batch wines from fruit sourced from the highly prized Merricks Grove vineyard, the Balnarring vineyard, and the Hugh Robinson vineyard in Moorooduc.

Barnaby and viticulturist Cam Marshall manage all aspects of the viticulture and winemaking themselves, and a range of succulent, finely tuned and elegantly crafted cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is the results.

Barnaby has worked hard in the winery to make a wine that is approachable but can also be taken seriously. The grapes were hand sorted to make sure no undesirable fruit went into the crusher, then destemmed. A small percentage of the fruit was fermented with 100% whole bunches and fermented in small open fermenters using indigenous yeast, minimal hand plunging and spending 25 days on skins to extract colour and texture. The wine was aged for ten months in 10% new hogsheads with the balance being raised in older hogsheads. This wine is unfined and unfiltered.

This is a pretty ripe, full Pinot. In fact, I tried it with Will Gilbert when we did a Pinot Noir benchmarking tasting for the Gilbert 2017 Pinot Noir, and I liked it, but he said it was the exact style he didn’t like; lots of dark fruit, black plums, blackberries, and some spice, a touch of earthiness too the oak adds smoky aromas and aniseed spice. It has a full body with a firm tannic backbone. Drink with something gamey or cellar for up to 7 years.

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