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Barney Flanders loves Pinot Noir, and his 2016 release of the value-packed Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir is another home run. Made from a blend of fruit from Barney's outstanding single vineyards, this represents the essence of Mornington Peninsular Pinot Noir. No whole bunches here and the emphasis is definitely on ripe Pinot fruit, showcasing the impeccable vineyard management and winemaking of this Mornington guru. It's unfined and unfiltered, with plenty of savoury complexity to balance the finish. Value for money wise, this is an Australian Pinot Noir star.
What it Tastes Like
Moody perfume of ripe black cherry, black earth, a hint of aniseed and smokey oak. This packs the flavour in tight. Full bodied, as far as Pinot goes, this is a more robust version of the variety than previous releases. Still carries the finesse of Barney's gentle touch, however. It's Pinot Noir with a unique personality.
94 points "It's wrong, in a way, to call this the entry-level wine but as point of comparison it will have to do. A selection of fruit from the four sites, destemmed with a small portion whole bunches, wild yeast and aged in French oak hogsheads 10% new for 10 months. It ticks all the boxes - flavour, balance, neatly etched tannins with some grip on the finish, lightly spiced, just shy of full-bodied and ready to rock ?n' roll." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Alcohol: Drink Until: 2023
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.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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