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2015 Flametree Margaret River Chardonnay

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Set your world alight with these impeccable wines from Flametree in the Margaret River. In a short space of time, winemaker Cliff Royle has produced some phenomenal wines from some of the best vineyard sites to create his vision of mod-Oz Chardonnay. This is so typical of the region with aromas of pear, grapefruit and supported by integrated French oak. The palate is restrained but immensely flavoursome with a superb texture. All you need to improve a glass of this is a roast chicken or pan-fried salmon.

Winemaker's Notes

Chardonnay has rightfully made a significant come back over the past couple of years and continues to be a product in strong growth for us. I believe winemakers are handling the wines with more sensitivity and giving greater thought to food and wine matching.

This 2015 Chardonnay has a wonderful combination of fine fruit flavours and tight structure associated with the new wave of modern Margaret River Chardonnays. Dried pear, grapefruit, melon and fig are supported by subtle French oak. The palate is textured and savoury, a result of wild ferment, solids and different yeast strains. Drink as a young wine or cellar in the short to medium term.

Chardonnay wines can be drunk with a variety of foods from the more full flavoured fish and chicken to the crisper, crunchy array of Aussie seafood options.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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2015 Flametree Margaret River Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
A new star has ascended in the West. Cliff Royle has glowed for every one of the 14 vintages he’s been in Margaret River but his latest creation is about to draw the attention of a supernova. It’s proof that MR chard doesn’t need high alcohol, rich fruit, malolactic fermentation or buckets of new oak to shine. Taut, pure, lively, with sensational texture and a line and length of celestial proportions.
Wine Taste - Edition 31
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
The grapes were grown in the central Wilyabrup area, and the cooler southern Wallcliffe area.  Light straw-green, this is an exceptionally intese wine, with zesty grapefruit, melon skin and white peach flavours threaded around a high tensile chord of acidity running through the palate; oak did the job required of it, but no more.  Will live for a very long time.
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Green-yellow, showing some development; a complex bouquet with cashew/almond nuances (along with the colour) suggests a full-bodied chardonnay, but the palate is in fact medium-bodied; fine, intense and long, it is driven by grapefruit and white peach fruit and a precise, dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011

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