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Garagiste Tuerong Aligoté 2023

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Garagiste Tuerong Aligoté 2023
Producer Garagiste
Region, Country Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 12
Product Code 24298-750

Alert: Barney thinks 2023 is Garagiste's best yet (and he’s not wrong). Australia’s roll call for Aligoté makes for pretty short reading. There are small parcels in the Whitlands area and Margaret River (at Blind Corner), and then there’s the mother vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula, which supplied the cuttings for those two.

The wine is cropped from three north-facing rows of 30+-year-old vines rooted in the sandy grey loams of Tuerong and a handful of more recently planted rows from a site across the road. Barney’s Aligoté vines have large, soft leaves and a matte appearance, in contrast to the glossy shine often found on his Chardonnay leaves. The bunches are tight, the berries are round and plump, and there’s always a distinctive aniseed character to complement the saline and mineral highlights.

The grapes are harvested by hand and pressed as whole bunches to a single old 500-litre puncheon for fermentation, followed by nine months on the large, soft lees. What a wine! Attractive and perfumed, with citrus, hay, sweet spice and delicate summer florals flowing through to a driven, direct and linear palate. It’s beautifully balanced and buzzing with energy tension, with a lovely nippy grip on the finish. Get in.

Garagiste Tuerong Aligoté 2023

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Reviews

“A little struck match, pastry dough, pear and lime, some spice and chamomile perfume. It’s a chalky kind of wine, plenty of pear and dough, quite saline too, lime, cinnamon and flowers to close on a finish of good length. Stylish and very enjoyable.”
94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Reviews

“A little struck match, pastry dough, pear and lime, some spice and chamomile perfume. It’s a chalky kind of wine, plenty of pear and dough, quite saline too, lime, cinnamon and flowers to close on a finish of good length. Stylish and very enjoyable.”
94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

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