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Garagiste is the passion and work of one man, Barney Flanders, and his desire to craft world-class, pure and elegant expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay showcasing the sub-regional nuances of the Mornington Peninsula.  Viticulture and winemaking techniques are deliberately minimalist, Barney preferring to allow each variety and site express itself as purely as possible.  To this end, crops are kept low, with less than two tonnes per acre produced each year, and farming is undertaken following organic and biodynamic principles (without being certified as such).garagiste-vineyard.jpg

Fermentations are spontaneous, using natural yeasts, and the wines are aged with low proportions of new French oak, generally between 20-30% depending on vintage and site-specific characteristics.  The wines are bottled without fining or filtration.

Four distinct sites - in three different subregions - are leased or share-farmed: Moorooduc/Tuerong (with sand-based soils); Merricks and Merricks North in the central portion of the Peninsula with brown loam over red volcanic soil; and the higher-altitude, southerly area around Red Hill/Main Ridge with its vibrant red volcanic soils.  From these unique sites, individual bottlings are produced when vintage conditions permit, each wine labelled for it's subregion.  Such wines are single-site, single-block and offer discernable differences from each other.  

barney.jpgThis subregional approach may be unusual within Australian viticulture, but Barney has brought his wealth of international winemaking and viticultural experience to the Peninsula, having made wine in California's dynamic Santa Cruz Mountains and Sonoma Coastal regions, the northern Rhone's famous Cote-Rotie appellation, and in northern Italy.  These wines are thoughtful, compelling, and above all, utterly delicious.

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