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Garagiste Le Stagiaire Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2017 £20.95
Garagiste Le Stagiaire Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2017
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.By keeping his range small and focused on the varieties and vineyards he loves, the quality and value of his wines has gone through the roof. The excellent 2017 vintage in his home of Mornington Peninsula has produced a beautiful Chardonnay.It is unencumbered by clunky oak, the fruit supported by nine months on lees, a wonderful lesson in 'less is more' winemaking.
Classic bit of Garagiste reductive funk on the nose. Gun smoke, struck flint, white peach, melon and a hint of raw almond. Loads of flavour in the mouth, showing stonefruit and grapefruit with a crisp acidity offset by the slight creaminess of the oak. Hits all the right notes and drinks so well for a young Chardonnay. - Different Drop Wine Team