Garagiste Merricks Cuvee Beton Pinot Noir 2018

Cuve Béton means concrete tank and this new bottling was fermented and raised in a single, sealable 5000-litre concrete vessel from the Italian tank maker Nico Velo. Barney first experimented with this tank in 2017, finding a noticeable difference in the finished wine--the concrete-raised Pinot displayed more freshness and a different tannin profile. Obviously the vessel's gentle tra...


95 Points The Wine Front


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Brand Name
Garagiste
Country
AUSTRALIA
Style
Red Wine
Region
Mornington Peninsula, Vic
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Size
750 mL Bottle

Product Description

Cuve Béton means concrete tank and this new bottling was fermented and raised in a single, sealable 5000-litre concrete vessel from the Italian tank maker Nico Velo. Barney first experimented with this tank in 2017, finding a noticeable difference in the finished wine--the concrete-raised Pinot displayed more freshness and a different tannin profile. Obviously the vessel's gentle transfer of oxygen and the cooler thermal mass of the juice during fermentation makes a difference. The fruit comes from a key parcel of Merricks Grove, and the fruit was entirely destemmed and fermented wild, spending four weeks on skins. It was bottled unfiltered. This is a noticeably more structured, minerally tasting wine that Flanders has produced with deliciously crunchy red fruits and loads of spices that leap from the glass and flood the palate. There is impressive structure from the long maceration but it's oh so fine with powdery, talc-like tannins running the length of the palate. Super, super impressive.

"Rosy perfume, spice, red fruits, a little sap and crunch, with charm laid on and a fine fluid line from front to back. Fine tannin, a sort of ash 'minerality' too. It's light but long, brightly lit, and flat out fantastic to drink. Strange to say, but it's a little like a wine from Etna." 95 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

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