Flametree Chardonnay 2017
A mixture of clean and turbid juices were wild fermented in French oak puncheons and barriques using only free run juice. Ferment temperatures were around 18-22 degrees to promote and retain more primary fruit flavours. 20% of the wine was fermented in new oak, with the remainder second and third use French oak. This year we put 18% of the total blend through MLF and stirred the lees every month. We whole berry fermented 5%, this small batch provides a nice savoury complexity and lift. The 2017 Chardonnay spent 9 months in barrel.
2017 was the first year we’ve not added any pressings into the final blend, this gives great purity and line whilst providing less grip on the back palate. Citrus oil, floral notes and grapefruit aromas are well supported by subtle French oak. The palate is textured yet fine, then finishes dry and savoury, a direct result of wild ferments with turbid juices. Drink as a young wine or cellar in the medium term.
100% Margaret River Chardonnay.
Drink as a young wine or cellar in the short to medium term.