Garagiste are a Mornington operation who have become known for wines that live and breathe terroir. A true cool climate Pinot, the Balnarring is a richer style of Pinot Noir than Garagiste’s other expressions. Made with whole berries with gentle extractions, it is matured in 20% new French oak and spends 10 months on lees before unfiltered bottling. On the palate, expect red fruit, raspberry, cranberry, rose petals, and a lick of menthol. The line of acid adds freshness.
It’s an intensely strawberried release with enough autumnal spice notes to give it a keen sense of savouriness too. No doubt this will mature well into the medium term but even right now it tastes/feels ready to rip. Lacey tannin is the perfect complement to the free-flowing nature of the palate.
94 points, The Wine Front (October 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.