Flametree make seriously good Chardonnay. This Flametree Chardonnay 2019 was in Decanters 2020 white wines of the year list! 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 Flametree has not looked back. Flametree have fantastic vineyards in Margaret River and Frankland River, it is easy to see why they are so successful.
Flametree Margaret River Chardonnay 2019 Wine Review
Decanter White Wines Of The Year 2020
“Caramel and mocha notes on nose. Creamy with elegant balance between oak, fruit and acidity. Very typical Margaret River fruit with lovely lifted lemon, slightly honeyed spicy notes on palate. RS: Great nose of smoky struck match reductiveness, Coche like complexity and fleshiness. Saline and minerally, tight acidity but plush ripe citrus fruit. BW: Caramel and mocha notes on nose. Creamy with elegant balance between oak, fruit and acidity. Very typical Margaret River fruit with lovely lifted lemon, slightly honeyed spicy notes on palate. AH: Cool, slightly smoky, example of Chardonnay. A fine line of acidity here. Purity of fruit. Fleshy, good concentration but not a blockbuster style. Refined, elegant, very good potential for ageing. Zesty, refined, long and succulent on the finish. Drinking Window 2021 – 2026” Ronan Sayburn MS, Beth Willard,Andy Howard MW 15 Oct 2020
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.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the special terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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