2017 Pinot Noir 'Merricks'Garagiste
Sourced from the Merricks Grove vineyard, the fruit for this wine was hand sorted twice and produced in two ways; one fermenter of whole berries and another of 100% whole bunches. These two fermenters are then blended together. The fermentations are natural with a reasonably long maceration and gentle extraction - light pump overs and a few gentle plunges. Matured in 300-litre hogsheads (roughly 20% new, François Frères) and ten months on lees before bottling, unfiltered.
This is a deep, lively and savoury expression of Mornington, dangerously drinkable from start to finish. Expect a wonderfully graceful, succulent Pinot Noir packed with red plum, spice and dark cherry notes before a lingering, perfumed finish that suggests amaro spice and offers a lick of fine, supporting tannins.
Mornington Peninsula, VIC