Region: Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Variety: Pinot Noir
Barney Flanders consistently makes some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Australia has to offer. A man blessed with two Simpsons names, he has been quietly raising the bar of wines from the Mornington Peninsula for over a decade.
Cropped from a specific half-acre plot of the Merricks Grove vineyard, 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 a cuvee from it in very small quantities.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. Carbonic technique was followed by foot treading, for a completely natural ferment with no temperature control. The 2018 had 10 months maturation in oak, with a little more new oak (33%) than Garagiste's other Pinots, and has been released later.The wine is a deep cauldron of flavour, featuring intense dark fruits, brown spices and campfire complexity oscillating around a deep, pulsating core of sappy, bunchy freshness and fine structure. Will show brilliantly for years to come.