Flametree Chardonnay 2018
A mixture of clean and turbid juice was wild fermented in French oak puncheons (64%) and barriques (36%) using only free run juice. Ferment temperatures were around 18-25 degrees to promote and retain more primary fruit flavours. 30% of the wine was fermented in new oak, with the remainder fermented in second and third use French oak. This year we put 8% of the blend through MLF and stirred the lees every 4-6 weeks. A small percentage was whole berry fermented to provide a nice savoury complexity. The 2018 Chardonnay spent 9 months in barrel before blending, fining and bottling in January 2019.
Citrus oil, floral notes, dried pear and grapefruit aromas are well supported by subtle French oak. The palate is textured yet fine, finishing dry and savoury, this is a direct result of wild ferments with turbid juices. Drink as a young wine or cellar in the medium term.
AWARDS / REVIEWS
- 93 points James Suckling, June 2019
- 93 points Ray Jordan, West Australian, June 2019
100% Margaret River Chardonnay.
Drink as a young wine or cellar in the short to medium term.