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2015 Garagiste, Terre de Feu Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula

2015 Garagiste, Terre de Feu Pinot Noir Mornington Peninsula

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Cropped from a specific 0.5-acre plot of the Merricks Grove vineyard, Terre de Feu (the land of fire) takes its name from the vein of pure red ferrosol in this part of the vineyard. Barney had noticed the vines in this little ironstone patch always produced slightly smaller, more intense bunches with a juice of greater depth and concentration than the rest of the vineyard. This was the rationale for the 100% whole bunch ferment. Terre de Feu remains Garagiste's only 100% whole bunch Pinot and the wine also sees a little more new oak. As exciting as the 2014 and 2015 were, this year's wine is a step up with a finer balance and integration of all components. Expect a lifted yet restrained and complex nose with red fruits, smoke, bacon and thyme notes leading to an intense, deep palate with a core of silky Pinot fruit framed by fine, powdery tannins. Long, long, long. A serious Pinot that is delicious now but that will equally benefit from a few years in the cellar.

James Halliday 97 points, Wine Front 95 points
"This was wine no.6 in the first bracket of six at the recent SIPNOT (Stonier International Pinot Tasting), and my favourite wine of the first six, at least as at now. A whole lotta bunchy spice, positive pencilly oak, liquorice/aniseed richness, darker fruits (from memory). Firm in the mouth with terrific line, a carpet of deliciously earthy tannin, and a bold and long finish. I wasn't really taking notes for the purposes of publishing, more as an aide-mémoire, but this wine prompted me to put finger to keyboard. Well done Barney Flanders. Hi-diddly-ho!

Tannic: 3/4
Body: 3/4
Acidic: 4/4
Complex: 4/4
Finish: 3/4

Country: Australia 
Region: Mornington Peninsula
Type of Wine: Red
Bottle Size: 750mL

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