This is surprisingly plush for a Margaret River cabernet, but not overly fruity. The richer mouthfeel is balanced beautifully by lovely savoury spice and a perfectly ripe (but not overripe) fruit profile. It really is incredible value for money. You’re not paying for the name here – though the label is pure class and it looks the absolute business – you’re paying for standout quality from a cracking vintage. There’s the acid and tannin for ageing, but it’s plenty interesting right now. Flametree have just set our world on fire!
Full price $57.00 from the winery on 27 June 2019.
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- Margaret River
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- Blend Info
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Serving Temp.
From the producer
This is our first 100% Cabernet Sauvignon under the Flametree label. The nose is typically aromatic, showing mulberry, redcurrants and chocolate notes. The palate shows ripe, fleshy varietal Cabernet fruit in the cassis and mulberry spectrum supported by fine chocolatey tannins. Cabernet provides great fragrance, complexity and structure all in the one package. A wine that can be consumed as a young fruit driven wine or cellared with confidence over the medium to long term.
The fruit for our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon predominantly comes from the Wilyabrup sub-region. The core of the wine is from Wilyabrup Estate, Fraser Gallop and Ridge Farm. We also purchased a small parcel of Cabernet from the Brushwood vineyard on Commonage Road in Yallingup. All vineyards have some form of north facing aspect, are grown on gravel loam soils and produce moderate cabernet crops with small berries and bunches.
All fruit parcels were selectively machine harvested or hand picked before being crushed or tipped directly into open fermenters for a few days soaking on skins. Once the wild ferment kicked in, we started plunging and doing pump-overs for subtle tannin extraction. The individual batches were fermented around 22-28 degrees, pressed and then transferred into new and used French oak barrels for maturation. After 14 months in 35% new French oak the Cabernet Sauvignon was blended, fined and bottled.
Margaret River is as elusive as it is beautiful, such that you really need to visit to truly grasp its haunting beauty. Über-premium Cabernet, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends grow here. 'Margies' only produces 3% of the country's grapes, but commands over 20% of its premium wine market, and hasn't had an off vintage since 2006. You start to realise how often this region is overlooked when you can list brands like Leeuwin, Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, and Voyager, not to mention Cullen, Pierro, Moss Wood, and Deep Woods. It's safe to say that it's time for a revisit.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Pork chops with honey, mustard and whiskey glaze
- 4 (about 150g each, 1.5cm thick) trim pork loin cutlets
- 2 tablespoons Tennessee whiskey
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
- 60ml (1/4 cup) fresh orange juice
- Salt & freshly ground black pepper
- Place pork in a dish. Combine whiskey, oil, mustard, honey, thyme, orange rind and orange juice in a bowl. Pour over pork. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Remove pork from the marinade. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Place marinade in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat a barbecue or chargrill on high. Add the pork and cook for 3-4 minutes each side until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Set aside for 5 minutes to rest.
- Divide the pork among serving plates. Drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately.
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