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Garagiste Le Stagiaire Chardonnay 2021

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.


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

The 2021 Stagiaire Chardonnay could very well be the best release of this wine we have seen. The aroma profile is intense and powerfully concentrated with a hint of succulence--generous and pulpy stone fruit to the fore. An immediate mouth-watering citrus blast is quickly followed by layers of flinty minerality, a hint of reduction and a wisp of garrigue--all supported by perfectly balanced fresh acidity. Packed full of charm and intrigue, this will make for fabulous and refreshing summer drinking. Campbell Mattinson's quote from last year on the Stagiaire Chardonnay: "Every year it's one of the best quality/value propositions on the market", has never been more relevant.

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