Flametree make seriously good Chardonnay. Great balance of flavours, great use of oak, nice weight in the mouth. This is a joy to drink, it just ‘hits the mark’. Well worth ordering two because the first one disappears too quickly. Look for cashews, banana, vanilla, peach, white flowers. The palate is rich, ripe, vanillan, long, creamy and with just a hint of tannin. This is a wine that will mellow out with some time in bottle too. Give it another 3-7 years for more complexity.
Flametree and winemaker Cliff Royale became sensations by winning the Jimmy Watson with their first-ever red wine release. Since then they have not looked back. With fantastic vineyards in Margaret River and Frankland River, it is easy to see why.
Three hours south of Perth is this land of Cabernet and Chardonnay. Right on the ocean, the climate allows the grapes to mature slowly on the vine. The wines are more powerful in the North and more elegant in the south. The best wines are world-class and are priced to reflect this.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.