2018 Garagiste Merricks Cuvee de Coeur

Mornington Peninsula

Awesome debut sparkling wine from Barney at Garagiste, fulfilling his dream of making a sophisticated, flavoursome Mornington bubbles.


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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...

About Garagiste

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.

Winemaker Barney Flanders
Winemaker Barney Flanders
Photo Credit: Pinot Palooza
Additional Info

From The Distributor

Garagiste’s first harvest for a sparkling base took place roughly two weeks before the Merricks vineyard table wines, Barney picking with both depth of flavour and freshness in mind. In the shed, fruit was slowly whole-bunch pressed directly to old barriques for a wild ferment with no temperature control. Post-primary it was kept on full solids for eight months.

Wearing the lightest hint of colour, this is finely perfumed with a bright, red-fruited nose. The palate has super depth and intensity, and bags of personality. It presents the kind of energy and purity that we expect of Merricks Pinot, with delicate notes of cranberry, white strawberry and florals, with juicy, crunchy freshness. This is a terrific wine, with far more sophistication than you might expect at this price.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
Drink Until : 2025

Barney in the vineyard
Barney in the vineyard
Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

This Barney guy can do no wrong. The new Cuvee de Coeur sparkling is another cracker from one of our favourite all round producers. Deeply satisfying and fruit-rich. Great addition to the ranks of top Aussie Sparklings.


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