Flowstone Queen of the Earth Chardonnay 2014
"Brilliant." Tiny production vineyard, pure Chardonnay fruit encased by the best French oak.
The Wine Front – Chardonnay from a tiny, tiny vineyard at Forest Grove in the Margaret River region. By tiny, I mean only one tonne of chardonnay grapes from the 2013 vintage, and a release production of just 86 dozen. The 2012 release didn’t do it for me but this 2013 certainly does. It’s a funkified chardonnay but the flow of fruit is stunning. It’s flinty and smoky, bacon-y and matchstick-like, but then an intense run of stonefruit, fennel, sweet pea and grapefruit flavour powers through the palate. It’s succulent, it’s daring, it forces you to form an opinion and yet it is, too, a wine of pure pleasure. Brilliant chardonnay.
James Halliday –
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