Garagiste's first harvest for a sparkling base took place roughly two weeks before the Merricks vineyard table wines, Barney picking with both depth of flavour and freshness in mind. In the shed, fruit was slowly whole-bunch pressed directly to old barriques for a wild ferment with no temperature control. Post-primary it was kept on full solids for eight months. The secondary fermentation was initiated in bottle in October 2018, and the wine stayed on these lees for 26 months, when it was disgorged with an extra-brut level of 2.5g/L of dosage.
Wearing the lightest hint of colour, this is finely perfumed with a bright, red-fruited nose. The palate has super depth and intensity, and bags of personality. It presents the kind of energy and purity that we expect of Merricks Pinot, with delicate notes of cranberry, white strawberry and florals, with juicy, crunchy freshness. This is a terrific wine, with far more sophistication than you might expect at this price.
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