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Garagiste

Garagiste is the boutique winemaking operation of Barnaby Flanders, who sources fruit from the Mornington Peninsula to create his eclectic range of wi...

Garagiste is the boutique winemaking operation of Barnaby Flanders, who sources fruit from the Mornington Peninsula to create his eclectic range of wines. Like many of the new breed of Victorian winemakers Barnaby cut his teeth in the bigger local operations including De Bortoli, Metier and Moorooduc Estate gaining invaluable experience in both winemaking and fruit sourcing.

But Barnaby always yearned to go his own way to create his own take on wines from the Mornington Peninsula and in 2006 Garagiste was born. In 2010 Cam Marshall joined the team and in more recent times they have branched out into Gin - their Balcombe Gin made from botanicals found around the Mornington Peninsula, including kelp, saltbush and wild fennel.

Traditionally a ‘Garagiste’ was a term used for winemakers in Bordeaux, particularly St Emilion and Pomerol, that were very small producers (with wines literally made in their garages) whom also made wines in a different style to their more fancied neighbours, specifically wines for more immediate drinking. While Cam and Barnaby certainly follow the small production mantra these wines are just as serious as found from other top producers on the Mornington Peninsula.

Garagiste has a number of wine ranges, with the wines largely made from Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, with small batches of Gamay, Aligote, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc thrown in the mix.

Le Stagiaire is their entry-level offering - superb examples of the local Mornington style and at what are very sharp prices for wines of this quality. The finest Garagiste wines are their single vineyard Mornington Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, made from the Hugh Robinson vineyard in Moorooduc, the Merricks Grove vineyard and Silverwood vineyard in Balnarring - classic ageworthy Mornington styles made in a complex, understated yet powerful style. Last but certainly not least is their Cotier range - small volume, whole bunch white wines with a more textural take on classic wine varieties.

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