GARAGISTE Terre de Feu Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
Garagiste make stunning and astonishingly expressed single vineyard wines from a selection of impressive sites across Mornington. The Terre de Feu Pinot Noir is their flagship wine. Concentrated and intense, it is made with 100% whole bunch Pinot to best capture the terroir of a select parcel within the Merricks Grove vineyard.
Made in incredibly limited quantities, this is a meticulously crafted serious, savoury Pinot. This cuvée spends more time on oak than any other Garagiste wine. There’s smoke, spice, and meatiness on the palate, finishing with herbaceous notes and luscious black fruit. The finish is long, with firm tannins completing the picture.
This is one hell of a savoury beast. Nut, twig, meat, forest floor and woodsmoke characters are all set to high. Black cherried fruit is more than a fair match, as is fine-but-sturdy tannin. It feels architectural, a bit out there, wild and polished all at once. You don’t cellar this wine to induce complexity, you cellar it in an attempt to tame it. If you’ve made it this far into the review you’ll know whether it’s your style of pinot or not. If it is, you’ll love the inherent quality here.
94 points, The Wine Front (August 2020)
A mid-weighted pinot of scintillating vibrancy, embedded with the mescal and turmeric scents that serve as whole cluster's legacy. Yet the juiciness of the mid-palate, the intensity of red berry flavours and a medicinal whiff behind the bunchy cladding, are all impressive. Framed by a carapace of nicely wrought tannins melded with saliva-sucking acidity, these are factors that augur well for a bright future across the mid-term. I score with this in mind.
95 points, Wine Companion (March 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.