GARAGISTE Le stagiaire Pinot Gris, Mornington Peninsula
Mornington’s Garagiste want the terroir to speak loud and clear in every wine they make. They nurture a selection of standout single vineyards, and for their Le Stagiaire range, a blend of fruit from these sites are meticulously vinified. Their Pinot Gris is unabashedly French in style.
Fruit for this complex white is hand-picked. It is medium-bodied, with plenty of character thanks to a healthy injection of whole-bunch. An impressively structured, textural wine.
The best pinot gris is staging a furtive claim to being the most exciting category in domestic wine, despite the ubiquity of mind-numbingly boring swill. This is clearly not the latter. A juicy thrust of nashi pear and green apple gelato scents open proceedings. Some truffled leesy funk, provides a creamy core. The finish is gently astringent affirmed by a billow of oak. The acidity, dutifully fresh, provides a pillar of guidance and freshness.
93 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)
Excellent intensity. It hits you straight up. Guava, passionfruit pulp, grapefruit and citrus. Fruit-exuberant, you’d call it, though it’s also flinty and smoky and direct, not to mention textural. It’s good now but another 4-6 months in bottle and it will be better again, I’m betting.
92 points, The Wine Front (September 2020)
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. A cool maritime climate,the region is virtually frost free, but is susceptible to high winds. Rainfall is moderate, throughout winter and the growing season. Most of the vineyards are located between just above sea level and 200 metres. Soils range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy loams and friable well-drained clays. Mornington Peninsula is best known for making elegant cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sublime Pinot Noir.