Wine of the week: 2018 Garage Project Crushed release

Garage Project have long been business of making delicious beer, but as of the last couple of years they’ve been bringing a plethora of fascinating wines to the fore in collaboration with winemaker Alex Craighead of Kindeli. Their most recent releases from the Wild Workshop is no exception, and it’s our pleasure to be able to present some of these fascinating drops.

2018 Garage Project Feast of Paradise III, $30
This ain’t the classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that you’ll find on the dinner table in your grandparent’s house! Feast of Paradise is a collection of three wild-fermented Sauvignon Blancs, all with varying degrees of skin contact – this one receives the highest amount, as well as some stem inclusion in the ferment. Hints of tropical character, malt, a touch of savouriness, and a nice tannic grip.

2018 Garage Project Never Have I Ever, $38
Organic Riesling and Gewürztraminer fruit from Nelson, fermented on skins for seven days before being lightly pressed into Amphora (large, oval shaped clay pots) for maturation. Spritely with mandarin, musk, and a lovely spice.

2018 Garage Project Bubble Pipe, $35
A perhaps confusingly named – but very delicious – still wine, made from organic Pinot Noir that has undergone carbonic maceration, with an inoculation of Brettanomyces during ferment to add even more layers of flavour complexity (but nothing like the infected ‘bandaid’-like character that strikes fear into the heart of winemakers). Lifted bright black cherry, earth, a smokey savoury character, super slurpy. No SO2!

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