Garagiste 'Merricks' Pinot Noir
"The 2021 Merricks Pinot Noir, like in most other years, was the last fruit to ripen and therefore the last to be picked. The whole bunch portion was a little higher than usual this year (60%)—Flanders recognised the fruit could handle this given the quality and concentration of the vintage—which has added a savoury edge and a tannin complexity. The winemaking was, in true Garagiste form, pretty hands-off: natural fermentation, gentle extraction and 10 months in 25% new oak."
"The oak, as always, takes a backseat and lets the fruit shine. This is a delicious brew of berry-fresh punch, earth and spice, bustling with delicious savoury complexity and an abundance of freshness. The savoury signature flows through the palate and drives a sinewy, pulpy and lifted mouthfeel, and there’s a graphite hint to the tannins, adding mineral complexity. Great length and crammed full of flavour, this is hard to fault."