This is cropped from three north-facing rows of 30-plus-year-old vines rooted in the sandy grey loams of Tuerong. These Aligoté vines have large, soft leaves and a matte appearance, in contrast to the glossy shine often found on Garagiste's Chardonnay leaves. The bunches are tight, berries are round and plump and there’s always a distinctive aniseed character to complement the saline and mineral highlights. The grapes were hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed to a single, old 500-litre puncheon for ferment, followed by nine months resting on its large, soft lees.
Delicate aromatics of citrus, saline minerals and flecks of green mango flow through to a direct and linear palate, perfectly balanced in weight, tension and phenolic grip. Real class.
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - 94pts
"A rare bird in Australia, and I only hope that more gets planted. This is from 30+ year old vines in Teurong; someone had the right idea way back then. We’ve not seen anything from Gargiste for a few years, and my partner bought this. She has excellent taste in so many things.
Ripe grapefruit and white stone fruit, oyster shell, fennel fronds, and a few green herbs. It’s tight, lots of crunch and ‘mineral’ feel, but also a savoury and gently creamy element, raw almond and brine, with a zesty lemon laced finish of excellent length. It’s delight to drink. Frisky, yet complex."