Flametree Chardonnay 2019 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...pear, grapefruit and figs..."
"I rated it 95 points and at AUD $27-$29, it’s an extraordinarily good buy. I’d be happy to pay nearly double that. It stands up well when compared to substantially more expensive wines." - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Flametree are nestled in the picturesque Margaret River wine region where they continue to be surrounded by a buzz and excitement centred on the quality wine they are producing. Attention to detail is paramount in the winery where careful site, clonal and oak selections are made to produce exceptional Chardonnay's like this one. Characters of dried pears, grapefruit, melon and fig are balanced with searing acidity and a length of flavour that speaks to its promising future.
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.
"Not Flametree's top chardonnay, but there wouldn't be many complaints if it was. Lightly toasted almonds aromas of complexity and charm; the palate is delicate and refined, tautly composed and intense. It's delicious and fascinating without being overpowering."
"Restraint with drive and persistence’ could be winemaker Cliff Royle’s mantra. The bouquet is complex and charming with lightly toasted almond and subtle citrus fruit aromas. The palate is intense but delicate and finely composed, with tension, refinement and length. I could drink a bucket of it." - 95 Points #1 of 30 Margaret River Chardonnays Huon Hooke - The Real Review, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age—August 2017