About The Wine
Barney Flanders, the wild man of Mornington, has been itching to produce a quality sparkling but successive low-yielding vintages have thwarted him for years - until the 2018 season gave him the ripeness and yields necessary for the Cuvee de Coeur.
Technically, this is Blanc de Noirs, 100% Pinot Noir, from his home block in Merricks, wild fermented in old barriques and left on lees for 26 months. Dosage is a very low 2.5 g/l.
Drinkingly, this is fresh, red-fruited, concentrated bubbles, with real intensity and dry lick of a finish. An outstanding first effort - and look out for subsequent disgorgements down the track...
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 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.