GARAGISTE Le Stagiaire Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula
Mornington’s Garagiste make small batch wines that focus, with exhausting attention to detail, on expressing the terroir from which they’ve come. Le Stagiaire Chardonnay is a fine, fresh and elegant expression that does just that. Le Stagiaire is the second tier of Garagiste’s offerings, with winemakers Barnaby Flanders and Cam Marshall making massively drinkable, delicious blends from their collection of sensational single vineyards.
This is an utterly refreshing, pure Chardonnay. With a balanced palate that fills the mouth with crisp lemon, grapefruit, and luscious white peach, it’s Mornington through and through. That’s why we love it.
Every year it’s one of the best quality/value propositions on the market and it’s on song again here. The quality of the fruit here is excellent. Indeed it has a delicious, pulpy intensity. Grapefruit and stone fruit essentially with cashew and flint. It’s textural, almost velvety, without being creamy or showing excessive oak. It’s hands down lovely.
93 points, The Wine Front (September 2020)
Structurally, this is sophisticated for the tier. Loosens up with air. Chalky, leesy and yet, neither abstemious of flavour, nor overtly sulphidic and match-struck. The acidity melds with the breadth of older oak and saline phenolics, giving vibrato to white peach, nougat, nectarine and tatami straw scents. Long enough. Plenty slaking.
92 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. A cool maritime climate,the region is virtually frost free, but is susceptible to high winds. Rainfall is moderate, throughout winter and the growing season. Most of the vineyards are located between just above sea level and 200 metres. Soils range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy loams and friable well-drained clays. Mornington Peninsula is best known for making elegant cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sublime Pinot Noir.