Flametree Chardonnay 2012
A mixture of clear and turbid juice, the result of whole fruit pressing, was fermented in one third new French oak, the remainder fermented in older French oak. A portion of the turbid juice was wild fermented, whilst the remainder was inoculated with selected Burgundy yeast. The 2012 Chardonnay spent 9 months in barrel with no stirring before being bottled late December.
MLF was again blocked and for the first time the wine received no stirring. In keeping with the theme of making tighter, fresher Chardonnays we believe stirring in warmer years can thicken the wines too much, we believe the wine has enough texture therefore adding further texture with lees stirring wasn’t something we were looking for.
The 2012 Chardonnay has a wonderful combination of fruit flavours and structure associated with southern Margaret River Chardonnays. Dried pear, grapefruit, melon and fig are supported by subtle French oak. The palate is textured and savoury, a result of wild ferment, solids and lees stirring.
AWARDS / REVIEWS
- 94 Points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly 2013
- 92 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion 2014
- 91 Points - Stephen Tanzer, Wine Access 2013
100% Margaret River Chardonnay
Drink as a young wine or cellar in the short to medium term.