Only the second release of this wine, the 2018 Garaiste Terre Maritime Chardonnay is stunning. Racy and elegant with stunning purity; its mixed citrus and white floral notes combine brilliantly with a smokey edge to the fruit. There’s serious intensity and structure driving through the wine’s pulpy core. The balance, extract and length are all class. Simply one of the finest Mornington whites we have tasted. Decant to reap the full benefit now, or cellar for a year or two.
The fruit is from a few rows of Chardonnay sited in the top corner of Merricks Grove. Unlike the majority of the vineyard, the vines are rooted on brown soils. The parcel also faces slightly eastwards, offering the vines a cooler, more sheltered aspect. There is therefore less vigour than the rest of the vineyard, and the bunches are a touch smaller. As a result, the fruit from this parcel tends to make a wine of more finesse and textural depth, with a really distinctive floral and saline personality.