Garagiste Merricks Pinot Gris 2022


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Region: Mornington Peninsula
Grapes: Pinot Gris
First Glance: White Florals, Citrus, Mineral, Medium Weight

The Wine:
Made in a pure-fruited, medium-bodied style that takes its inspiration from Burgundy rather than northern Italy or Alsace, this funky, nuanced Gris is drawn from a north/northeast-facing site in Merricks with 25-year-old vines. The fruit was hand-sorted in the vineyard and winery, then pressed and sent with full solids to old puncheons for a wild ferment (which included a 20% whole-bunch component) for three weeks. Maturation was on gross lees in old neutral barrels for seven months. 

The 2022 is awash with white florals, orange citrus notes, an enticingly fresh juiciness and some savoury edges. Deliciously exuberant, with freshness and clean flavours and an athletic style, this lithe and balanced expression has a lovely, chalky/saline close.