Barnaby Flanders, Hey-Diddly-Ho!
When asked about a list of the exciting, dynamic and avant-garde producers who are currently making wine on The Mornington Peninsula, Barnaby Flanders is the name that will always be spoken about. The bright burning star of the Peninsula, with a smile that shines even brighter, Barney has captivated us for over a decade with his wines that ooze with character, presence and place.
Barney founded the garagiste label after his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman (who continues with the Allies label). Barney now throws himself into making a range of small-batch wines from fruit sourced from the Merricks Grove vineyard (Merricks), the Silverwood vineyard (Balnarring) and the Hugh Robinson vineyard (Moorooduc). Barney and partner Cam Marshall manage all aspects of the viticulture and winemaking themselves. The results are an offering of elegant and chiselled cool climate chardonnays as well as a trifecta of Pinot Noir that are vibrant, fragrant and that jump out of the glass screaming where they are from!
Barney's wines are neither a slave to fashion nor a prisoner of style. They are simply honest and wonderful expressions of the different sites on the peninsula that they come from and the four seasons that pass through those vineyards in a given year.
This is a pack showcasing the three levels of Pinot Noir Barnaby produces, all wonderful expressions of the world's greatest grape!
Hey-Diddly-Ho, as Mr Flanders’ cartoon namesake might utter.
Garagiste Terre De Feu Pinot Noir 2017
Terre de Feu (the land of fire) takes its name from the vein of pure red ferrosol soils of this plot. Several years ago, Barney noticed that the vines in this little ironstone buttonhole were producing slightly smaller bunches and yielding wines of greater depth and concentration than the surrounding vineyard. Thus, the decision was taken to produce this micro cuvée.
The power of the fruit enables a 100% whole-bunch ferment and Terre de Feu remains Garagiste's first and only Pinot made this way. The wine also sees a little more new oak and is released later.
Garagiste Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir 2019
This year, Balnarring and Merricks make up the core of the blend, with a little whole-bunch (15%) on the Merricks adding lift and complexity. Across the blend, the grapes were sorted then mostly de-stemmed and fermented in concrete using indigenous yeast, minimal hand plunging and 22 days on skins. The wine was then aged for ten months, on gross lees, in both concrete and foudre (5% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Garagiste Merricks Pinot Noir 2018
Sourced from the Merricks Grove vineyard, the fruit for this wine was hand-sorted twice and fermented in two ways: one fermenter of whole berries and another of 100% whole bunches
Fresh spicy and oozing perfume, it has delicate fruit weight and a heap of charm layered by intense complexity