2018 Garagiste Terre De Feu Pinot Noir


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The Brief
Alcohol
13.5%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2018
Light Dark
Wine Scale 1
How's it taste?
Cropped from a specific half-acre of the Merricks Grove vineyard, Terre de Feu (the land of fire) takes its name from the vein of pure red ferrosol soils of this plot. Several years ago, Barney noticed that the vines in this little ironstone buttonhole were producing slightly smaller bunches, yielding wines of greater depth and concentration than the surrounding vineyard. Thus, in 2013 the decision was taken to produce this micro cuvée. The power of the fruit enables a 100% whole-bunch ferment and Terre de Feu remains Garagiste's only Pinot to be made this way. It also spends more time on skins (23 days for the 2018) and is the most powerful and structured Pinot that Garagiste produces. Wow! This explodes from the glass with amaro/bitter-orange and five-spice aromas from the whole bunches, which meld perfectly with the darker fruits of the vintage. It’s complex, vivid and energetic, and relies as much on the acidity as its fine-boned tannins to give the requisite structure and length. Simply, another striking release under this label. Try it with Peking duck now but be advised that your patience will be amply rewarded.
How was it made?
Cropped from a specific half-acre of the Merricks Grove vineyard, Terre de Feu (the land of fire) takes its name from the vein of pure red ferrosol soils of this plot. Several years ago, Barney noticed that the vines in this little ironstone buttonhole were producing slightly smaller bunches, yielding wines of greater depth and concentration than the surrounding vineyard. Thus, in 2013 the decision was taken to produce this micro cuvée. The power of the fruit enables a 100% whole-bunch ferment and Terre de Feu remains Garagiste's only Pinot to be made this way. It also spends more time on skins (23 days for the 2018) and is the most powerful and structured Pinot that Garagiste produces. Wow! This explodes from the glass with amaro/bitter-orange and five-spice aromas from the whole bunches, which meld perfectly with the darker fruits of the vintage. It’s complex, vivid and energetic, and relies as much on the acidity as its fine-boned tannins to give the requisite structure and length. Simply, another striking release under this label. Try it with Peking duck now but be advised that your patience will be amply rewarded.
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