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Great vineyards viewed through the lens of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; that's Barney Flanders' vision for his Garagiste wines. The 2015 Tuerong Chardonnay is an excellent example of the quality he has been producing of late. There's a power and intensity to this Chardonnay, a lightning strike of acidity, a curl of luscious oak but all the while the purity of the fruit and the characters of the vineyard remain the key point of focus. This was the highest rated wine on The Wine Front's comprehensive tasting tour of Mornington Peninsula picking up an outstanding 95 points from Mike Bennie. A truly stunning Chardonnay, comparable with the very best of the region.
What it Tastes Like
"Neat sniff of flint amongst honeycomb, ripe apple, grapefruit and citrus pith scents. Like this start. Crisp in texture yet full flavoured. It’s limey and intense, blistering in refreshment factor, crackling in acidity through a long finish. Lingering flinty characters too. Pretty bloody smart." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
95 points. "Neat sniff of flint amongst honeycomb, ripe apple, grapefruit and citrus pith scents. Like this start. Crisp in texture yet full flavoured. It’s limey and intense, blistering in refreshment factor, crackling in acidity through a long finish. Lingering flinty characters too. Pretty bloody smart." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Hand sorted in the vineyard and again in the winery over a sorting table and whole bunch pressed. Native yeast ferment and 20% new Francois Freres 500l Puncheons. Partial malo and matured on lees for 10 months.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2024
About the Producer
Garagiste is the brainchild of Barnaby Flanders. After leaving Allied 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.
The Mornington Peninsula has become a go-to destination for lovers of modern Australian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mornington’s perfect climatic conditions for producing these varieties has seen it become, in only a relatively short time, one of the premier regions for these varieties in the country. The wines are beautiful. The best examples are wines which show a restrained power. Both intensity and elegance. It’s a region which will continue to blossom and mature for many years to come.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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