2020 Garagiste Merricks Chardonnay


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The Brief
Alcohol
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2020
Sweet Very Dry
Wine Scale 3
How's it taste?
In 2020, the combination of cool, wet weather at flowering and a mild summer with no major heat spikes meant that harvest commenced two weeks later than normal and continued well into April. Fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted and whole-bunch pressed, followed by natural primary fermentation with high levels of solids in François Frères 500-litre puncheons (20% new), then partial malolactic fermentation and maturation on lees for 10 months before bottling.  Barney Flanders notes, “I always look for brightness in the acidity when coming to harvest, but still need adequate flavour”. 2020’s low yields have delivered both in spades. It opens with subtle pear and grapefruit before revealing perfectly ripened nectarine fruit and green almonds. The palate is equally complex and vibrant with the barely discernible wood seamlessly intertwined with the fruit.  A fine thread of acidity runs thought the body and, as satisfying as this is to drink now, this will age effortlessly over the next three to five years. Volumes here are very small this year. In other words, run, don’t walk!
How was it made?
I always look for brightness in the acidity when coming to harvest, but still need adequate flavour.
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