Stretching approximately 120 kilometres along the Western Australian coast from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin, the Margaret River region is renowned for its rich, gravelly loams that are ideal for producing, high quality fruit.
The Margaret River climate has a strong maritime influence, more so than any other major Australian wine region. This makes the region very similar to the famed wine growing region of Bordeaux in France.
As an indicator of the quality of grapes produced in this region, Margaret River accounts for only three per cent of the total grape production in Australia, however it produces over 20 per cent of Australia's premium wine market.
The principal grape varieties are fairly evenly split between red and white; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz, Merlot. Certain sub-regions within Margaret River are more consistent for particular grape varieties than others.
In fact in 1999 Dr John Gladstones wrote a paper suggesting that due to the different soil types and climates within the Margaret River Wine Region, there should be 6 sub-regions:
At Flametree Wines we strive to source the best grapes from the best sub-regions and from this our distinctive SRS (Sub-Regional Series) wines were born. The aim with the Flametree Sub Regional Series is to showcase distinctive wine styles from vineyards renowned for growing ultra premium fruit. We’ve chosen to lead with Margaret River’s strongest varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Sub Regional Series represents the very best varietal wines under the Flametree label, these wines will only be made in the best vintages, volumes will be small and availability very limited.