This is not your average entry level Pinot. A small amount of whole bunches and a bit of oak aging makes for a tart, savoury Pinot which still holds the beautiful Mornington perfume. Silky with a streak of acid it will go well with baked shellfish. Drink it over the new 5 years.
Barnie’s work on this classy Mornington brand is well worth familiarising yourself with. I’m old enough to remember when Garagiste started and it’s been a pleasure to watch the wines evolve and mature (in both senses) to a label that is fast approaching ‘classic’.
Mornington Peninsula – One of many stars in Melbourne’s dress circle of vineyards. Varied success depending on terroir and wine maker but the best are outstanding. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can excel with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sparkling all capable of impressive wines too.
Pinot Noir – This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.