GARAGISTE Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
Garagiste are a Mornington operation who have become known for wines that live and breathe terroir. Their Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir is no exception, combining fruit from three stellar single vineyards–Balnarring and Tuerong, with some whole bunch from Merricks for added complexity.
Complexity is the key here. This wine has a little more oomph than you may expect from a cool climate Pinot Noir, with richness, fullness of body, and great ripeness on the palate.
Wow, this is a great pinot noir. Has an almost electric pulse. Bright, cranberry and pomegranate fruit, taut and fresh, a web of charry-reductive tannins but so judiciously found. Sinew and pucker, wine drawn long, it’s one for the very elemental and savoury pinot lovers. Complex and compelling wine.
94 points, The Wine Front (May 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.