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Garagiste 'Terre Maritime' Chardonnay
6 + $67.50 each
12 + $62.63 each
DescriptionThis is stunning. The fruit came from a few rows of Chardonnay sited in the top corner of Merricks Grove that Barney has always felt makes superb and unique Chardonnay. Unlike the majority of the vineyard, the vines are rooted on brown soils as opposed to the more common reddish dirt of the area. 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.
Beautiful chardonnay. Terrific intensity. Brine, white peach, chalk, steel, lime spider, cedarwood and mineral. Flint too, nothing excessive but enough. Intensity is the thing. And length. Texture takes care of itself. One sip and a word escaped my lips. Hello, I said.
95 points – Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
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