Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay 2021

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About This Wine

Decanter Gold Medal Win

A fine and quite flinty modern expression of Margaret River Chardonnay. Finer and leaner it might be in some ways, but the unmistakable power and persistence of the region still triumphs. Complex mealy grapefruit and roasted nut characters on the nose, and a deep and richly intense palate power through to the finish.

"Youthful yet seriously complex. Crushed lime, preserved lemon and toasted almonds wth some flinty notes on this clever wine, with a chalky texture and a mineral finish."

Because the wines were a little lighter than previous years we did a little more lees stirring and inoculated 20% of the blend for MLF to give a little more texture and softness to the acid profile of the wine. The 2017 shows good freshness of fruit together with some savoury notes from the solids and wild ferment. Classic grapefruit, white peach and dried pear fruits give way to barrel ferment and sulphide complexities. These sulphides contribute a lovely savoury oyster shell or saline character, giving the wine greater complexity and overall purity. This stylWorld Winee ultimately complements many modern Australian food flavours.

After overnight cold storage the Chardonnay fruit was whole bunch pressed into French oak puncheons before undergoing full wild yeast fermentation. To achieve a portion with high grape solids we rotated the press after filling. The key to successful wild fermentation is the use of high turbidity juices, minimal sulphur dioxide, low alcohols and juices with good nutrient content. The 2017 SRS Chardonnay was barrel fermented in 35% new French puncheons and then aged for 10 months. We stirred the lees and inoculated 20% of barrels for MLF.


Trophy for the Best Western Australia Chardonnay International Wine Challenge 2019
Gold, 95 pts - International Wine Challenge 2019
Consistency of Excellence award - Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2018
Gold - Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2018
Gold - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2018
Gold - Perth Royal Wine Awards 2018
Gold - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018
Gold - Wine Show of Western Australia 2018
97 Points - Ray Jordan, West Weekend
Gold - International Wine Challenge 2018
100% Margaret River Chardonnay.

Drinking well now or cellar 5-10 years.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Country Australia
Region Western Australia
Brand Flametree
Vintage 2017

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