Garagiste, Le Stagiare Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, Australia, 2017
When we first heard of Garagiste, we were told that you couldn’t meet a nicer guy than Barney Flanders. It turns out that not only was that true but sometimes the nice guys do win out!
With a string of eye-watering scores from Mr Halliday, Garagiste is one of the most exciting producers in the Mornington Peninsula, defined by their small-batch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With focus on specific sites and sub-regions at the heart of what they do, coupled with the use of natural yeasts and no fining or filtration, its little surprise that the wines display a detail and texture that marks them out as beautifully crafted.
There are three distinct sites, spanning three different sub-regions of the Mornington Peninsula: sand based soils in Moorooduc and Tuerong; brown loam on red volcanic soils around Merricks and Merricks North; red volcanic soils in the Red Hill and Main Ridge areas. The grapes are hand sorted in the vineyard and again in the winery, only using the most pristine berries.
Grapes are hand sorted in the vineyard and again in the winery over a sorting table then whole bunch pressed. The unsettled juice is barrel fermented with native yeasts in 10% new French Puncheons with a partial Malolactic fermentation then matured on the lees for 10 Months.
Type: French Puncheons
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 10
The nose bursts of citrus, almond, clove, delicate natural acidity and minerality. The wine is pure and lean with white flower and citrus aromas and some savory spiced oak complexity. Long and focussed on the palate, with refreshing natural acidity.
Suckling pig, barbeque and fish.
12 x 75cl