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Australian Wine Centre

Garagiste Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir 2019

The wines that make up this terrific value blend could quite easily have been bottled as single-vineyard wines. Balnarring and Tuerong make up the bulk of the blend, with a little whole-bunch Merricks adding lift and complexity. Across the blend, the grapes were sorted then de-stemmed (a small percentage was fermented with 10% whole bunches), and then fermented in concrete using indigenous yeast, with minimal hand plunging and 22 days on skins. The wine was then aged for ten months on gross lees in puncheon, concrete and foudre (5% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered. The note below sums up this deliciously sappy and juicy Pinot well.

This year, Balnarring and Merricks make up the core of the blend, with a little whole-bunch (15%) on the Merricks adding lift and complexity. Across the blend, the grapes were sorted then mostly de-stemmed and fermented in concrete using indigenous yeast, minimal hand plunging and 22 days on skins. The wine was then aged for ten months, on gross lees, in both concrete and foudre (5% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

"It opened with a gentle spritz but it quickly settled to present as a polished, pomegranate-driven, red berried pinot with energy to burn. This is a vibrant release, savoury more than it is sweet though, that said, it's not overly spiced or twiggy or anything like that; it's almost gamay-like with its tart raspberry, its fresh-cut violet, its edges of earth. If you called it sophisticated you wouldn't be wrong." 92 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

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