About The Wine
The idea with the Cotier wines is to explore the impact of carbonic maceration and skin contact on white varieties.
Originally conceived during drinks and chats with former Bannockburn winemaker Michael Glover, this is a slightly more adventurous side of Barney's winemaking we hadn't seen before.
"It’s about me trying to learn more about variety and site," he told us, "The aim is to make interesting, textural, sound wines, they don't have to be natural."
This Pinot Gris is a great place to start. It comes from the Merricks vineyard, and with its deep pink colour and full-throttled red fruit flavour it drinks more like a red than a white. Only tiny volumes made but absolutely delicious!
Garagiste is the brainchild of Barnaby Flanders.
After leaving Allies 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 explores the sub-regionality of the 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.