Flametree ‘Embers’ Rosé 2022

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James Halliday – Predominantly shiraz from the Wallcliffe subregion of Margaret River. A pale copper blush with light cherry and plums sprinkled with some spice and fresh herbs. Juicy, tangy and soft. - Jane Faulkner

About This Wine

WINEMAKING NOTES

Both batches were machine harvested in the cool of early morning. The Tempranillo was transferred directly to press retaining a large percentage of whole berries whilst the Shiraz was crushed and chilled before being transferred into the press. With the Tempranillo rotated the press a few times and then the grapes sat for three hours releasing flavour and tannins from the skins. With the Shiraz, and used just the free-run juice in the blend. The Tempranillo pressings were fined, wild fermented in old oak and then used in the final blend for texture and weight. Both ferments were kept cool to preserve the fruit flavours and freshness.

TASTING NOTES

The 2022 Flametree Rosé has a distinctive pale salmon colour. Aromas of red currents overlay subtle floral, cherry and cranberry characters. The fruit flavours are a little more obvious and forward in this lovely early drinking vintage, the difference between using Tempranillo and Pinot Noir as Rose material. The palate however is deliberately savoury and textured, a result of wild ferments in old barrels and 4 months on yeast lees. The palate has moderate weight, soft chalky tannins and a dry finish. A wonderful wine to enjoy at a picnic, dinner party or day at the beach. Pairs perfectfully with olives, cured meats and crusty bread.

Type Rose Wine
Varietal(s) Tempranillo Shiraz
Country Australia
Region Margaret River
Brand Flametree
Vintage 2022

Margaret River Wine

In the southwest of Western Australia, the Margaret River wine region is unique in that it is the most maritime-influenced region in all of Australia. The cool Indian ocean breezes come in through the summer to keep the temperatures around the vines steady resulting in an unusually even accumulation of warmth in the growing season. It is also quite dry as interestingly less than 20% of the annual rainfall occurs as the grapes are growing. The region’s climatic factors have been compared to what Bordeaux would be like in a dry season. While the region’s total production is relatively small (3% of Australia’s total wine production), it is responsible for 20% of our premium wine market.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz as well as Bordeaux blends are all very popular red wine options in the region.

For whites, refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as complex, age worthy Chardonnays are the specialties.

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