Wine of the week: 2017 Garagiste Aligoté

Aligoté, long regarded as a support act to Chardonnay in its home of Burgundy, can confidently present wonderful, unassuming value if you look in the right places. And while key Burgundian producers such as Domaine A. & P. de Villaine, Domaine Michel Lafarge and Domaine Roulot have been reliable sources for a while now, it’s so exciting to see a local producer like Barney Flanders treating the varietal with similar respect.

Sourced from three rows in Tuerong, Mornington, the wine was whole-bunch pressed to a one-year-old barrique, fermented naturally and left on lees for nine months. It tastes like a structured effort, yet presents lots of early approachability: fleshy white stone fruits, talc, citrus and refreshing acidity mark an experience best matched with a juicy roast chook.

Tuerong, $40
Available all stores

Price is valid for two weeks unless sold out prior