Flametree Chardonnay 2020
- Rich, full
- Margaret River
The team at Flametree get all Lou Reed with this chardy and take a walk on the wild side. The wine goes through a wild yeast ferment using a mixture of clear and cloudy juice. The result? Some funkiness that adds more interest than your average Margaret River chard, if there’s such a thing. And there’s more complexity and texture here from barrel fermentation, a touch of MLF and lees stirring.
Plenty of lemon zest and pith here on the nose, broadening to grapefruit and white peach. But wait - there’s more. Here come the steak knives. You also get a lovely line of quartzy minerality and some gentle spicy oak.
It’s a pretty decent prelude but the bang is in the body, with its lovely slippery texture. The citrus fest continues and so does the integrated oak and mineral line. The acidity is bang on adding length and a cleansing, savoury finish that keeps you coming back for more. Strewth! It’s flamin’ good.
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- Margaret River
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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.