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Garagiste Le Stagiaire Chardonnay 2020

From a vintage that yielded particularly bright and fleshy wines, this is another top drawer, pristine Mornington Chardonnay from the Garagiste stable. As is customary, Le Stagiaire Chardonnay is drawn mostly from Garagiste’s Merricks vineyard, with the balance coming from Balnarring and Tuerong. Barney Flanders doesn't make these wines specifically for this label—all his ferments start out as potential single-vineyard wines, so the single-site wines are barrel selections, with the remaining wines bottled under Le Stagiaire. This gives us some idea of how this label is able over-deliver, year in year out.


The 2020 is mostly drawn from Garagiste's Merricks vineyard. Balnarring supplied only a little wine and Tuerong--where Garagiste's yields were draconian--chimed in with just two puncheons. All fruit was hand-sorted in the vineyard and winery, then whole-bunch pressed, with the cloudy juice transferred to 500-litre puncheons to ferment. Across the release, no new oak was used in 2020. The wines were matured on their lees in barrel for six months before blending.

It's a racy, juicy expression of the Mornington Peninsula, loaded with Granny Smith and lemon pith fruit and driven, mouth-watering freshness. Will make for fabulous and refreshing summer drinking.

Barney’s wines have gotten finer and finer, and this is a terrific example. Plenty of pulpy fruit (nectarine, peach, citrus pith) but also loads of driven freshness and just enough complexity from the lees. Really first-rate Chard and terrific value to boot

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