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Garagiste's Tuerong Chardonnay is drawn from the 6-acre Robinson vineyard where the 25-year-old vines are rooted in black sand over brown sandy loam.
This north-facing site was harvested nice and early on the 18th February, almost two weeks before the Merricks Grove vineyard, which gives you some idea of the importance of aspect when it comes to the Mornington.
The warmer and more stable microclimate here generates a fleshier, more satin textured wine yet the early harvest and partial malo provide the requisite mouthwatering crunch.
Again this was hand harvested, hand sorted and whole bunch pressed and went through natural fermentation in 500-litre puncheons (20% new François Frères) on high solids. And again the wine was matured on lees for 10 months before bottling. Another wonderful example of Mornington Chardonnay.
"A beautiful single-site chardonnay from the Mornington Peninsula. Brilliant straw in colour but long and racy. This really has its skates on, and it pulls more than enough flavour along with it. Flint, meal, grapefruit and stone fruit with fig and cider-like characters. Plenty going on but contained and whole. Terrific length. Just enough razzle-dazzle. Excellent." 96 points, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au