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Garagiste Balnarring Pinot Noir 2021 Victoria Mornington Peninsula

$43.95

Garagiste Balnarring Pinot Noir 2021

Another welcome return after a brief hiatus in 2020, the 2021 Balnarring was wild-fermented with a high portion of whole berries. Unlike the Merricks Pinot there is no whole-bunch influence here–Flanders explains that from this vineyard, the stems can easily dominate the fruit. The wine was matured in 300-litre hogsheads (roughly 25% new) and spent 10 months on lees before it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

As is the norm, there is a prettiness to this, as distinct from the Merricks which is darker and more savoury. The ’21 is textbook Balnarring Pinot yet also offers immediate drinking pleasure. Everything about this release is amplified–invigorating acidity, soft but plentiful tannins and a rich profusion of crunchy red fruits. It’s lean and sinewy, but this is counterbalanced by fleshy/pulpy fruit and a whisper of minerality on the lengthy finish. This will reward for years to come–if drinking now just give it a decant.

Anyone with even a passing interest in cool-climate Australia will already know that Garagiste is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s brightest rising stars. Barnaby Flanders created the Garagiste label following his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman (who continues with the Allies label). ‘Barney’ now focuses on a snug range of small-batch wines from fruit sourced from the highly prized Merricks Grove vineyard, the Silverwood vineyard (Balnarring), and the Hugh Robinson vineyard in Moorooduc. Garagiste, the main label, is ably supported by delicious entry-level wines under the Le Stagiaire banner. Barnaby and Cam (Marshall) manage all aspects of the viticulture and winemaking themselves and a range of succulent, finely tuned and elegantly crafted cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is what results. Garagiste isn’t a slave to fashion and doesn’t charge like a horde of agitated wildebeest. Hey-Diddly-Ho, as Mr Flanders’ cartoon namesake might utter.

 

 

 

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Garagiste Balnarring Pinot Noir 2021

Another welcome return after a brief hiatus in 2020, the 2021 Balnarring was wild-fermented with a high portion of whole berries. Unlike the Merricks Pinot there is no whole-bunch influence here–Flanders explains that from this vineyard, the stems can easily dominate the fruit. The wine was matured in 300-litre hogsheads (roughly 25% new) and spent 10 months on lees before it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

As is the norm, there is a prettiness to this, as distinct from the Merricks which is darker and more savoury. The ’21 is textbook Balnarring Pinot yet also offers immediate drinking pleasure. Everything about this release is amplified–invigorating acidity, soft but plentiful tannins and a rich profusion of crunchy red fruits. It’s lean and sinewy, but this is counterbalanced by fleshy/pulpy fruit and a whisper of minerality on the lengthy finish. This will reward for years to come–if drinking now just give it a decant.

Anyone with even a passing interest in cool-climate Australia will already know that Garagiste is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s brightest rising stars. Barnaby Flanders created the Garagiste label following his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman (who continues with the Allies label). ‘Barney’ now focuses on a snug range of small-batch wines from fruit sourced from the highly prized Merricks Grove vineyard, the Silverwood vineyard (Balnarring), and the Hugh Robinson vineyard in Moorooduc. Garagiste, the main label, is ably supported by delicious entry-level wines under the Le Stagiaire banner. Barnaby and Cam (Marshall) manage all aspects of the viticulture and winemaking themselves and a range of succulent, finely tuned and elegantly crafted cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is what results. Garagiste isn’t a slave to fashion and doesn’t charge like a horde of agitated wildebeest. Hey-Diddly-Ho, as Mr Flanders’ cartoon namesake might utter.

 

 

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Brands

Garagiste

Country

Australia, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Price

$20 – $50

Varietal

Pinot Noir

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