Flametree Chardonnay 2016

Flametree Chardonnay 2016

Margaret River, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    13%

95 Points - Huon Hooke

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 2016 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.

"95 Points. Not Flametree's top Chardonnay, but there wouldn't be many complaints if it was. Lightly toasted almond aromas of complexity and charm; the palate is delicate and refined, tautly composed and intense. It's delicious and fascinating without being overpowering. $29" - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, Dec/ Jan 2018.

"Margaret River chardonnay, taking complexity in its stride. That sling of grapefruit, pepped up with stonefruit, fennel and citrus. It’s a killer combination. There’s oak here, and a whisper of reduction, but both are so well played that you barely notice them; they’re like edible wrappers to the real-deal fruit. This is a chardonnay you just want to drink and drink. Not overly intense but it doesn’t need to be. Rated: 91 Points Tasted: May17 Alcohol: 13% Price: $27 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2017 - 2021" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

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
WINEMAKING: A mixture of semi turbid and very turbid juices were wild fermented in French oak puncheons and barriques. Only 20% new oak in total, with the remainder second and third use French oak. We favour the wild ferment with low sugars and turbid juices, as we believe the resultant wines have greater complexity both on the palate and on the nose. The 2016 Chardonnay spent 10 months integrating in barrel. In keeping with the theme of making tighter, fresher Chardonnays we didn’t stir the lees or inoculate for MLF.

TASTING NOTES: The 2016 Chardonnay has a nice balance of fine fruit flavours and tight structure, very much in line with the new wave of modern Australian Chardonnays. Dried pear, grapefruit, honeydew melon and fig flavours are well supported by subtle French oak. The palate is textured, yet savoury, a direct result of wild ferments with turbid juices. Drink as a young wine or cellar in the medium term.

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