Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay 2016
97 points, Halliday 2019 Wine Companion. Multi trophy and award winning Chardonnay from Margaret River.
Flametree Wines has had a meteoric rise to become one of the star wineries of the Margaret River wine region. Under the skilled winemaking of Cliff Royle (ex-Voyager Estate) the quality of wines are impressive across the board.
S.R.S. stands for Sub Regional Series. Carefully selected individual grape varieties that excel within a certain sub-region. These wines represent the very best varietal wines under the Flametree Wines label and will only be made in the best vintages, volumes will be small and availability very limited. Exceptional in quality, complexity and finesse.
From the winemarker:
The 2016 season was in many ways very similar to the 2014 season; mild growing conditions in December and January before things really started warming up in February and March. This was almost perfect for Chardonnay as most of the fruit was harvested in the first couple of weeks of February before the late summer heat really kicked in. As part of the Flametree Chardonnay style we like to pick early before the flavours get overblown and the acid levels drop away. We don’t leaf pluck Chardonnay as we don’t want the bunches to be in direct contact with the harsh afternoon sun.
Fruit for the 2016 Flametree SRS Chardonnay was once again sourced from a single Chardonnay block on Rosa Glen Road. This area is located in the southern part of the Wallcliffe sub-region, situated south of the Margaret River town site. The fruit from this vineyard came from old, low yielding gin gin vines, originally grown from cuttings off the famous block 20 Chardonnay at Leeuwin Estate. The clay/loam soils in this vineyard hold moisture very well and drip irrigation is only used during heat spells to stop vine stress. All fruit for the 2016 SRS Chardonnay was hand picked and refrigerated overnight.
The 2016 SRS Chardonnay was barrel fermented in 40% new French puncheons and then aged for 10 months. In much the same mould as the 2014 SRS Chardonnay the 2016 shows lovely purity and freshness of fruit together with some savoury notes from the solids and wild ferment. Classic grapefruit and dried pear fruits give way to barrel ferment and sulphide complexities. These sulphides contribute a lovely savoury oyster shell or saline character, giving the wine greater complexity and overall purity, and ultimately complementing many modern Australian food flavours.
Multi award winning wine – 8 Trophies; 5 Gold Medals; A Consistency of Excellence Medal
97 Points – James Halliday’s Top 100 wines of 2017 “...flagship white highlights great fruit from the (unofficial) subregion of Wallcliffe coupled with thoughtful winemaking. The result is a flinty, complex and savoury wine with plenty of flavour; moreish leesy characters plus grapefruit and pith, and tangy as anything.”
97 points, James Halliday’s 2019 Australian Wine Companion “The freshness and intensity of the palate led to the trophy for Best Chardonnay at the Sydney Wine Show ’17. Winemaker Cliff Royle picked the amount of new oak, and the time the wine spent in oak, to perfection, placing maximum focus on the perfectly ripe flavours.”
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Australia, Margaret River
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