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2013 Flametree Margaret River Shiraz

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Flametree can do no wrong.

They first landed in the wine industry with a bang, famously scooping up the Jimmy Watson trophy with their first ever red wine.

With ex-Voyager Chief Winemaker Cliff Royle at the helm, and fruit from some of the best growers in Margaret River to work with, it's little wonder that Flametree's wine show trophy cabinet is overflowing. Licorice and spice drive this along, and the oak is healthy, but it isn't too full on, allowing for some suppleness on the finish. Unquestionably Margaret River, this is no fading flower, but neither is it a hulking brute.

This '13 Flametree Shiraz is yet another grand release from Flametree and already its wooing wine critics all over the country.

Like James Halliday, who gave this 95 points noting that it was 'at the heartier end of the regional shiraz style and at the upper end of the quality scale too'. James also saw the superb value here, noting that the price is 'very attractive'.

Tyson Stelzer liked this Flametree Shiraz too, calling it 'classic Margaret River shiraz of stature and structure' and giving it 93 points.

Finally, Campbell Mattinson also gave it 93 points and calls this a 'do yourself a favour wine' that is 'hearty, stylish, deep-fruited and yet bright' not to mention 'well priced and well good'.

As you can see everyone who tried this Shiraz likes it, and we're happy to add to the chorus. Delicious wine, from a winery on the rise, and at a very very fair price!

Winemaker's Notes

Lifted blueberry, plums, liquorice and spice combine to create a soft fruit driven Shiraz style. The colour and perfume are testament to a fantastic Shiraz vintage. Soft extraction techniques using open fermenters have resulted in a wine with ripe fruit flavours and fine tannin structure.

The palate has plenty of sweet dark fruits and spicy oak flavours. The introduction of a larger percentage of wild fermented batches has given the wine greater complexity and texture. The 2013 Shiraz was aged in older oak to preserve fruit flavours. A fantastic fourth release Margaret River Shiraz. Enjoy now or anytime over the next few years.

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2013 Flametree Margaret River Shiraz

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
At the heartier end of the regional shiraz style and at the upper end of the quality scale too. This doesn't pull any punches. It's beefy with blackberry, licorice, dust and chicory notes and strings flavour-loaded tannin out through the finish. A bright but sturdy wine. The price is very attractive.
now till 2028
Australian Wine Companion
Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
I’d reckon this needs a bit of time but I’d reckon this is very good. Aspects of it feel quite raw; others feel polished and sure. It certainly has plenty of heft, especially in regional Shiraz terms. Intense plum, almost into blackberry. Plenty of clovey spice. A toastiness. A nuttiness. A trace of bitterness, but not in a hard or green way. A spread of ripe, assertive tannin, slightly raw but rolling into a good position. If this is going to be consumed young, it needs a lengthy decant. Long life ahead.
2020 - 2030+
Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
Deep, concentrated red/purple colour, with a blackberry jam and charred-oak bouquet. The palate is medium to full-bodied and smooth, with supple balanced tannins, the aftertaste persisting for a long time. Excellent value.
2017 - 2028
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
This is a bright, brash and confidently finished shiraz that delivers much in the way of toasty oak and nicely captured mulberry and cherry fruits, some moist earth too. The palate s youthful and bright, impressively focused, and delivers blackberry flavour on brash, yet charming tannins.
Good Wine Guide 2013
Ralph Kyte-Powell (2011 Vintage) says
Deep dark and opulent Margaret River shiraz. It’s brimming with smoky plum and licorice aromas with a decent whack of toasty oak. Lots of spices and dried herbs with a savoury overlay that carries through to the finish. Dry and velvety smooth on the finish showing excellent oak and fruit integration.
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013

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