Mornington winemakers Garagiste have a secret weapon: their selection of exceptional single vineyards. The Garagiste Merricks Chardonnay comes from Merricks, a South-facing vineyard at 80 metres elevation. This is the most highly prized of Barnaby Flanders and Cam Marshall’s white wines, showcasing the vigour and intensity that only a meticulously nurtured single vineyard can create.
Intensity is the name of the game here. Handpicked and sorted fruit is whole bunch pressed, with partial malolactic fermentation and then ten months lees ageing. All the key players are there: struck match, pencil shavings, a lick of juicy white peach, zingy lime, and green apple. It sits more on the savoury side of the spectrum. It’s bright and fresh, with creamy texture for days.
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.