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2017 Garagiste Le Stagiaire Pinot Gris

Mornington Peninsula

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Our Price: $27.99 / bottle (RRP: $30.00 ) Case: 12 x 750ml

'This is Pinot Gris with attitude.'
92 Points - Campbell Mattinson (2016 vintage)

  • Barnaby Flanders created the Garagiste label following his amicable split with Allies co-founder David Chapman. 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.


    Made in a pure-fruited, medium bodied style that takes its inspiration from Burgundy rather than northern Italy or Alsace, this finely weighted Gris is drawn from a south-facing site in Merricks. The fruit was hand sorted in the vineyard and winery, then whole bunch pressed into old barriques to ferment (on high solids) using indigenous yeasts. The wine only goes through partial malolactic, to preserve freshness, and was matured on its lees in old neutral barrel for six months. For the first time, a small proportion of 100% carbonic fermented Pinot Gris was included in this year's wine.


    Straw in appearance with a subtle pink hue, this year's release leads with juicy Bosc pear scented with wild honey and brown spices. The palate is mouthwatering and defined with succulent stone fruit, fennel and preserved lemon flavours tapering to a crisp, chalky close.


    'It smells sweet with fruit but it quickly turns more serious. This is pinot gris with attitude. Nectarine, dry pear, brine and wheat-like characters charge through the palate, slowed only by a gentle grippiness through the back half of the wine. It’s all quite scrummy, really.'
    92 Points - Campbell Mattinson (2016 vintage)

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