Garagiste Merricks Cuve Béton Pinot Noir 2019 (6 Bottles) Mornington Peninsula

$280.00 GST Included


Cuve Béton means concrete tank, and this new bottling was fermented and raised in a single 5000-litre concrete vessel (from ultra-premium Italian tank maker Nico Velo). Barney first experimented with this tank in 2017, and found a noticeable difference in the finished wine: the concrete-raised Pinot displayed more chalky drive and a different tannin profile–obviously, the vessel’s gentle transfer of oxygen and the cooler thermal mass made a difference.

There is also a slight difference in fruit source, this coming from a parcel within Merricks Grove where the vines are more exposed to the wind, resulting in more brightness and energy (and perhaps a tad less power than Merricks proper). The fruit here was entirely de-stemmed, fermented wild and spent three weeks on skins. It was bottled unfiltered.

This is an intense, smoky, sappy, cherry and raspberry fruited Pinot with flesh, crunchy freshness and really fine, soft tannins. Lining it up against the regular Merricks Pinot you’ll see two very different wines, though both distinctly of place. Another delicious, exceptional example of the shire.

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About Us

Garagiste premium Mornington Peninsula wines truly express a sense of the place where they were grown. Focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir we intend to highlight the subtleties of the Peninsula’s different sub-regions with small batches of very limited wines.

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.

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On the one hand, our role as a merchant of all things wine & spirits could not be simpler. We aim to source the most delicious, the most authentic, and the highest quality products possible from Australia and around the world in order to offer them to our clients. We live or die by how well we perform this task. Of course things are rarely as simple or as easy as they seem. Hunting for wines & spirits is no different. Apart from the months spent travelling, countless days and evenings spent tasting and the outrageous wine expenditure in the name of ‘research’, sourcing quality wine and spirits requires expertise and experience. Understanding the potential of a producer and their products is much more than just a slurp and a spit.