About The Wine
The Côtier label started with some experimentation from Mornington Peninsula winemaker Barney Flanders, but with this second set of releases in 2017 they look to be a permanent part of the Garagiste range. He's not jumping on the natural, 'skinsy' wine bandwagon.
He has his own reasons, such as deepening his knowledge of the region and the varieties he loves. The wines have their own voice. The Riesling is a belter. Where you classically think of acidity first with Riesling, here, as Barney describes, "Acid is usually the framework but with this, it’s the phenolics - they give the wine direction."
It's a textural, savoury style of Riesling. Something unique but not 'too' out-there. Delicious drinking with interest.
Garagiste is the brainchild of Barnaby Flanders. After leaving Allied Wines in 2003 he embarked on a mission to produce small batch premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay under his own label in his beloved Mornington Peninsula.
Barney loves the sub-regionality to be exploited in Mornington Peninsula, the slight alterations in aspect and soil profile within this small wine producing region provide him with the scaffolding around which he builds his stunning harem of small batch wines.
They are only ever made in small quantities so time is of the essence if you want to explore the world of Garagiste.