Flametree Margaret River Chardonnay

Flametree Chardonnay 2019

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    13.2%
Flametree Wines has firmly established itself as one of the star wineries of the Margaret River wine region. Under the skilled winemaking of Cliff Royle (ex-Voyager Estate) the quality of Flametree wines continue to impress.

The 2019 Flametree Chardonnay is another high quality Margaret River Chardonnay offering an excellent combination of fruit flavours and structure associated with southern Margaret River Chardonnays. Dried pear, grapefruit, melon and fig flavours are supported by some subtle, high quality French oak. The palate is textured and savoury, a result of wild ferment, solids and lees stirring. A delicious drinking Margaret River Chardonnay at a very reasonable price.

Review of the 2018 vintage included below;

"95 Points. From four districts along Margaret River, 30% fermented in new oak, 8% mlf, matured for 9 months in oak. A lot of effort and high quality inputs have gone into make a classy chardonnay, with ever-changing facets as the wine travels along the palate and lingering finish, no one dominant. Drink and be happy - it's a steal. $29.00 Date when tasted 27 Jul 2019 13% alc. Drink By: 2028 Screwcap" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

Availability: In stock

Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
Flametree Cellar Door and Winery is located on the picturesque shores of Geographe Bay, at the gateway to one of the world's great wine producing regions; the Margaret River Wine Region.

Established in 2007 by the Towner family, Flametree Wines was created with passion for wine and a vision to become a world recognised winery producing exceptional quality wines with a laid-back style and elegance.

By winning Australia's most well-known and respected wine accolade, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, with their first ever red wine, Flametree Wines has firmly established themselves in the upper echelon of Margaret River wine producers.

Proving that this accolade was not a coincidence and that Flametree was actually deserving of the prestigious award, the next vintage was also a finalist in the following years' show. This unprecedented success has since continued, with many critic reviews and awards.
Western Australia
Margaret River
Vintage: The 2019 growing season began with a late budburst after a relatively cold winter. The cool, windy spring that followed resulted in some uneven flowering and fruit set. We experienced a significant rain event mid- January that caused some disease pressure before fine but mild weather got vintage underway. There was a complete lack of Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest which meant that bird pressure was extreme and bird-netting was absolutely vital this season. Whilst 2019 was certainly a challenging vintage across the region, Flametree was able to produce some very impressive wines (whites in particular), given the additional efforts and attention to detail in its vineyards

Vineyards: The 2019 Flametree Chardonnay is a blend from four vineyards; two from the Wallcliffe sub- region, one from Karridale and one from Treeton. The Wallcliffe and Karridale parcels were from vineyards planted with cuttings from the famous Leeuwin Estate Block 20, This represents around 80% of the total blend. The remaining parcel was the highly acclaimed Gin Gin clone. We chose to work with Chardonnay vineyards planted on well drained gravel loam soils on southerly facing hills that avoid the harsh afternoon heat. Fruit was both hand picked (35%) and machine harvested (65%).

Winemaking: A mixture of clean and turbid juice was wild fermented in French oak puncheons (69%) and barriques (31%) using only free run juice. Ferment temperatures were around 18-25 degrees to promote and retain more primary fruit flavours. 25% of the wine was fermented in new oak, with the remainder fermented in second, third and fourth use French oak. This year we put 15% of the blend through MLF and stirred the lees every 4-6 weeks. A small percentage of the blend was whole berry fermented to provide a nice savoury complexity. The 2019 Chardonnay spent 9 months in barrel before blending, fining and bottling.

Tasting Notes: Citrus oil, floral notes, dried pear and grapefruit aromas are well supported by subtle French oak. The palate is textured yet fine, finishing dry and savoury; this is a direct result of wild ferments with turbid juices. A classic cooler vintage Margaret River Chardonnay that drinks well now or can be cellared in the short to medium term

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