Flametree Chardonnay 2019

One of Decanter Magazine’s Top Scoring Wines of 2020 +
The Top Scoring White Wine of 2020 +
“96 points”

A chardonnay with a textured yet fine palate, then finishes dry and savoury, a direct result of wild ferments with turbid juices.   Wild fermented in French oak puncheons (69%) and barriques (31%) using only the best free run juice.

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Reviews & Awards

One of Decanter Magazine’s Top Scoring Wines of 2020 + The Top Scoring White Wine of 2020, “96 points”

“To create Decanter’s Wines of the Year 2020 ranking, we asked our staff, key contributors and Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Chairs to nominate their standout bottles (…).  The wines were then tasted and scored by an expert panel – Beth Willard, Andy Howard MW and Ronan Sayburn MS – to help ensure objectivity.”

“RS: Great nose of smoky struck match reductiveness, Coche like complexity and fleshiness. Saline and minerally, tight acidity but plush ripe citrus fruit.
BW: Caramel and mocha notes on nose.  Creamy with elegant balance between oak, fruit and acidity.  Very typical Margaret River fruit with lovely lifted lemon, slightly honeyed spicy notes on palate.
AH: Cool, slightly smoky, example of Chardonnay.  A fine line of acidity here. Purity of fruit.  Fleshy, good concentration but not a blockbuster style. Refined, elegant, very good potential for ageing.  Zesty, refined, long and succulent on the finish.
Drinking Window 2021 – 2026”
Decanter, 28 December 2020

“95 points, 5 stars”

“Very light colour; bright yellow, while the bouquet is reserved and subtle, but not simplistic. Fresh, clean, lightly smoky aromas. The wine is light to medium-bodied and balanced, cleanly dry to finish and very pleasant in a medium-bodied, but quite intense style.  Traces of passionfruit and grapefruit. A lovely wine, both intense and refined. And astonishingly good value.”
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, August 2020

“95 points”

“Fruit from 5 vineyards: Warner Glen, Eddinger Estate (block 4), Chapman Grove and Redgate in the south and Cullen (Treeton) in the north. Natural acid, 15% mlf, lees stirred every 3-4 weeks, 9 months in oak. Compelling struck-match nose. Silky, viscose palate- rounded almost, shaped by phenolic edge and grip. Flinty and mineral, but with hallmark yellow peach, pink grapefruit and curry leaf. Rounding out in a tight back palate and defined by saline acid. Tremendous value at the price!”
Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion website, October 2020

“Best Buy Wines $30 and under”

“Cliff Royle is widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest chardonnay specialists, and this entry-level chardonnay is astounding value for money.  With a very light, bright yellow colour, it displays a reserved, subtle but not simplistic bouquet of fresh grapefruit, passionfruit, peach and lightly smoky aromas.  Light to medium bodied in the mouth, well balanced and cleanly dry to finish.  Its lightness and refinement on the tongue belies its intensity.  Drink now and for 8-10 years.”
Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, October/November 2020

“(…).  Chablis-like.”

“93 points.  Very attractive aromas of fresh peaches and nectarines here with terrific purity, leading to a palate that has such sleek, focused style. Long, fresh and fleshy stone-fruit flavors sit in elegant, pure mode. Chablis-like. Drink now.”
James Suckling.com, April 2020


Flametree Wines

“Best Wineries of the Regions” + “5 red stars”

Halliday Wine Companion 2012 – 2021

“Top Wineries of Australia” 2018, 2019 + 2020

Huon Hooke, The Real Review

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