GARAGISTE 'LE STAGIAIRE' RIESLING 2018

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Mike Bennie
  • Sustainable
SKU
GARI201810 UCAU
$28.00 Per item
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750ml (Bottle)
$28.00 Per item
Barnaby Flanders created the Garagiste label following his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman (who continues with the Allies label). ‘Barney’ now focuses on a snug range of small-batch wines from fruit sourced from the highly prized Merricks Grove vineyard, the Silverwood vineyard (Balnarring), and the Hugh Robinson vineyard in Moorooduc. Garagiste, the main label, is ably supported by delicious entry-level wines under the Le Stagiaire banner. Barnaby and Cam (Marshall) manage all aspects of the viticulture and winemaking themselves and a range of succulent, finely tuned and elegantly crafted cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is what results. 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.
Barnaby Flanders created the Garagiste label following his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman (who continues with the Allies label). ‘Barney’ now focuses on a snug range of small-batch wines from fruit sourced from the highly prized Merricks Grove vineyard, the Silverwood vineyard (Balnarring), and the Hugh Robinson vineyard in Moorooduc. Garagiste, the main label, is ably supported by delicious entry-level wines under the Le Stagiaire banner. Barnaby and Cam (Marshall) manage all aspects of the viticulture and winemaking themselves and a range of succulent, finely tuned and elegantly crafted cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is what results. 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.

Scores & Reviews

96+ / 100

Mike Bennie

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.