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2015 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.

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. Delicious wine, from a winery on the rise, and at a very very fair price!

Winemaker's Notes

2015 Vintage: 2015 was a warm, moderate vintage with some unseasonal weather events mid spring. We had to be vigilant throughout the season with plenty of canopy work required to allow good airflow around the bunches. Vine growth was strong and yields were solid without being over the top, around 7 tonnes to hectare in the end. Once the work was done the bunches ripened up beautifully and could be picked when perfectly ripe.

Vineyards: The 2015 Margaret River Shiraz is predominately a blend of two Margaret River vineyards, both in the Wallcliffe area. The Chapman Grove and Chalice Bridge vineyards used in this wine are planted on gravel laterite soils that have a history of growing moderate crops with good fruit concentration. Trickle irrigation was applied strategically at veraison and during the growing season to maintain vine health, ensure physiological ripeness and prevent stress.

Winemaking: Fruit was crushed, chilled, sulphured and given 5-8 days cold soak in a mix of open and static fermenters. All batches were inoculated with selected Rhone yeast strains or wild fermented; the ferments were controlled at around 26 degrees. Select parcels were whole bunch fermented to encourage partial carbonic maceration and introduce vibrant, spicy strawberry fruit character. The wines were inoculated for MLF, pressed off and then transferred into used French oak puncheons and barrels. After 9 months in oak the batches were blended, egg white fined and then bottled.

Tasting Notes: Lifted blueberry, plums, liquorice and spice combine to create a soft fruit driven Shiraz style. The colour and perfume are testament to good vintages and controlled winemaking. Soft extraction techniques using open fermenters has resulted in a wine with lifted perfume, dark 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 2015 Shiraz was aged in older oak to preserve fruit flavours. Enjoy now or anytime over the next 5-10 years.

Alc/vol: 14.3%

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2015 Flametree Margaret River Shiraz

Expert Reviews

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+
93
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
90
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
95
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
92
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
92
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
91

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