2018 Garagiste Le Stagiaire Riesling

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Stunningly complex and uniquely crafted Riesling from one of the Mornington Peninsula's modern stars.


One of my Australian rieslings of the year.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

It's hit after hit down at Garagiste HQ, and Barney Flanders has smashed another one out of the park with this stunning and original Riesling.

Mornington Peninsula isn't typically known for its Riesling but this one is out of the box.  The fruit comes from 30-year-old vines, is hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to old barriques before a natural ferment and then left to rest on lees for eight months before heading to bottle. Simple yet thoughtful winemaking from Barney here yielding a wine with serious X-Factor.

Barney reckons it's "way better than Alsace". Mike Bennie simply stated, "Holy shit this is good... One of my Australian rieslings of the year.", and we're sure you're going to enjoy this thrill-a-minute and seriously well-priced Riesling!

About Garagiste

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.

Winemaker Barney Flanders
Winemaker Barney Flanders
Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

2018 welcomes a trio of cameo appearances under the increasingly impressive Le Stagiaire label. Like the 2018 Sauvignon, the Riesling is cropped from Red Hill vines planted in sand over brown loam. The fruit from these 30-year-old vines is hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to old barriques. The fermentation is spontaneous and the wine spends eight months nourishing on its ferment lees before bottling. Barney writes that it's 'way better than Alsace'. What would he know! It's a cracking release for sure. The new label ain't bad either.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 13.0%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Holy shit this is good. Barney Flanders is insanely good at his quarry. Natural ferment and kept on lees. Great fruit it seems.  Texture, personality, freshness, complexity. Has it all. Lemon-lime, rub of salt, nuts and oats, lick of blackcurrant, citrusy exit. More about savouriness than fruitiness though. Long, lavish feel, ribbed with talc-like puckering character and all that saline-nutty goodness, all so well integrated into fruitiness. One of my Australian rieslings of the year." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Bright, polished straw with a hint of reduction, dried apple and some white pepper. Tarte tatin before it's been caramelised perhaps. It may not be that aromatic, but the texture makes up for it. Glassy, smooth and mouth coating - dried and cooked apples, some gingery spice and al dente phenolics." - David Bicknell (Halliday Wine Companion)


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