It’s a cracking wine.
About The Wine
Value hunters - back up the truck. Barney Flanders has outdone himself this year with the release of his 2017 Le Stagiaire Chardonnay.
By keeping his range small and focused on the varieties and vineyards he loves, the quality and value of his wines has gone through the roof. The excellent 2017 vintage in his home of Mornington Peninsula has produced a beautiful Chardonnay.
It is unencumbered by clunky oak, the fruit supported by nine months on lees, a wonderful lesson in 'less is more' winemaking.
There is never a lot of this wine around but given the phenomenal press around this release, this will not be around for long. Take a bow Barney, you've absolutely nailed this one!
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.