Garagiste are a Mornington operation who have become known for wines that live and breathe terroir. The Merricks Pinot Noir is made from fruit from the Merricks Grove vineyard. The grapes are sorted by hand, and split for two methods of fermentation: one of whole berries, one of whole bunches. They are then blended. At once juicy and slightly savoury, the palate is filled with red fruits, sweet cherry, light florals, and spice.
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.