Flametree ‘SRS Wallcliffe’ Chardonnay 2018

“Margaret River chardonnay at its elegant best…”

Halliday Wine Companion 2017

The Flametree Sub Regional Series (SRS) aims to showcase distinctive wine styles from vineyards renowned for growing ultra premium fruit. Winemaker, Cliff Royle, and his team chose to lead with Margaret River’s strongest varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.  The Sub Regional Series represents the very best varietal wines under the Flametree label, these wines will only be made in the best vintages, volumes will be small and availability very limited.

Flametree’s SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay is the most acclaimed and awarded of the SRS range, and considered by many critics as one of Australia’s best Chardonnays, if not one of the world’s best, and often held in the same regard as some of Burgundy’s finest.

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3 Gold Medals

Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2019 and James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2019

Consistency of Excellence Medal

Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019

95 points, 100 Top New Releases”

“This is Flametree’s big gun in chardonnay, an impressive wine with the full textbook of winemaking tricks thrown at it.  It’s very complex, the bouquet laced with smoky sulfides of the struck-flint variety.  Grapefruit runs throughout the wine and it’s restrained, lively, intense.”
Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, December 2019/January 2020

“95 points”

“Very complex and alluring bouquet with plenty of sulfide smokiness, struck-flint and grapefruit. The palate is lively and restrained, delicate yet intense, with a trace of bitterness possibly from phenolics. An intense, refined, taut wine with terrific line, length and tension.”
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, September 2019

94 points”

“An accomplished and exciting juxtaposition of struck flint reduction, impeccable fruit concentration, classy French oak and the scintillating energy of malic acidity, this is a vintage of larger than life tension, promising exceptional longevity.  It desperately demands time to tone its malic drive.”
Tyson Stelzer, WBM, November/December 2019

“94 points”

“Wallcliffe Chardonnay from the Coche and Roulot loving Cliff Royle. I think I’m suffering from writing introduction fatigue.  Struck match, grapefruit, dried pear, spice, yoghourt, and subtle vanilla oak. Light and racy, but with flavour, grapefruit and lemon pith bitterness, smoky and savoury on a long precise finish. Modern. Good.”
Gary Walsh, The Winefront, October 2019

94 points”

“Barrel fermented in 40% new French oak puncheons, the 2018 SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay repeats the success of previous vintages.  A bit of almond-skin toastiness appears on the nose, along with delicate citrus notes.  This medium to full-bodied wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts and shows great complexity, combining varied citrus notes with hints of toasted grain and nuts, but also a remarkable, silky texture and a finish of finely crushed stone.  It should drink well for up to a decade.”
Wine Advocate, January 2020

“17/20”

“Spontaneous fermentation in oak puncheons, 40% new.  Although the fruit is lively citrus, there’s something richer, almost like orange pith on the nose, with a touch of oak seasoning. Satisfyingly rich but crisp on the palate. Perfect restraint in the oak for the depth of fruit. Mouth-watering citrus finish.”
Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2020

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