Garagiste Le Stagiaire Chardonnay 2016
When Barney was asked for assessment of his 2016s, he replied 'the best ever!'. This attractive Mornington Chardonnay is all P58 clone from Garagiste's Balnarring and Red Hill vineyards. The fruit was hand sorted in the vineyard and winery then whole bunch pressed, and the cloudy juice was transferred to a mixture of new and old puncheons to ferment using indigenous yeasts. The wine was matured on its lees in barrel for 9 months. It's a Chardonnay brimming with grapefruit pith, citrus and floral aromas. On the palate you get a brisk, refreshing shot of bright citrus and stone fruit, vibrant acidity, and a long, textured savoury finish. The best ever LS Chardonnay? It's up there.
The Wine Front – The spotlight here in on chardonnay fruit; first, second and last. Exemplary fruit definition. To smell, to taste, to savour. The aroma of this wine is really quite something, the freshness and expression of its nectarine, white peach, grapefruit and dry pear notes quite perfect. The impression continues on into the mouth, where flint, lees and spice notes enter the fray. It then finishes with a burst of fruit, though it’s tangy fruit, long and lingering, flavour and acidity in lock-step. It’s super buying, and super drinking.
In a mixed or straight case: $28.49