Flametree Chardonnay 2015
A mixture of clear and turbid juice was fermented in 35% new French oak, with the remainder in older French oak barriques. A portion of the turbid juice was wild fermented, whilst the remainder was inoculated with selected Burgundy yeasts. The 2015 Chardonnay spent 9 months in barrel before being bottled late in December. In keeping with the theme of making tighter, fresher Chardonnays we don’t stir the lees or inoculate for MLF. We believe Margaret River Chardonnays have enough texture and power in most years, therefore adding further texture with lees stirring or MLF isn’t something we’re looking for in the Flametree style.
This 2015 Chardonnay has a wonderful combination of fine fruit flavours and tight structure associated with the new wave of modern 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 different yeast strains.
100% Margaret River Chardonnay.
Drink as a young wine or cellar in the short to medium term.