Fruit from 3 disparate vineyards from Merricks, Balnarring and Tuerong. It’s in the drink-me-now zone and neatly balanced. Full of bright citrus flavours, white stone fruit on the verge of ripeness, a spark of flint, smoky, a smidge of leesy texture, and saline, thirst-quenching acidity to close. 95 points – Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion 2022
The 2020 Garagiste Le Stagiaire Chardonnay is mostly drawn from Garagiste’s Merricks vineyard, with the remainder from the Balnarring and Tuerong vineyards. All fruit was hand-sorted in the vineyard and winery, then whole-bunch pressed, with the juice transferred to 500-litre puncheons to ferment. No new oak was used in 2020. Matured on their lees in barrel for six months before blending.
This is a racy, juicy expression of Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay. Loaded with Granny Smith apples and lemon pith. Driven by mouth-watering freshness.