2018 welcomes a trio of cameo appearances from Garagiste under the increasingly impressive Le Stagiaire label. This is drawn from the small planting of low-yielding, twenty-something Gewürz rooted in the black sand over brown sandy loam of the Tuerong flatlands, Foxeys Road. The fruit from these 22-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. Barney writes that it’s ‘way better than Alsace’. What would he know! It’s a cracking release for sure. The new label ain’t bad either.
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