Garagiste Tuerong Aligote 2022


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Region: Mornington Peninsula
Grapes: Aligote
First Glance: Mineral, Linear, Herbal, Citrus 
Acclaim: 94pts

The Wine:
With just three plantings, Australia’s roll call for Aligoté makes for pretty short reading. There are small parcels in the Whitlands area and in Margaret River (at Blind Corner), then there’s the mother-vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula (which supplied the cuttings for the two above sites).

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.

The Review:
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."