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'Gleaming straw-green; there are few chardonnays from '15 with the intensity and freshness of this wine It is as fresh as a daisy, and despite its power and concentration, moves with athletic grace across the palate and aftertaste'
97 Points - James Halliday
Few wineries can boast the almost stratospheric rise to greatness that Margaret River's Flowstone can claim.
In just a decade this winery has been in operation, the winery has created somewhat of a ruckus, with their incredibly small-batch, detailed orientated wines winning the hearts and minds of many. Based out of small vineyard in the most southerly region of Karridale, their expression of Chardonnay, in particular, is what has stood out most to us with this 2015 example being one of the best yet from the winery. Made by Stuart Pym, who can count the likes of Voyager Estate, Devil's Lair and Stella Bella on his CV, this is a beautifully crafted wine. With the addition of 24 months bottle ageing under the boot, the normal charismatic flavours of grapefruit and citrus have started to soften, with a delicate white flower, almond meal, oat and pineapple Tarte Tatin character coming through.
This is an exceptional wine, that is proving a rarity to find anywhere in the flesh in the retail world. With the wines of Flowstone being poured in the first-class cabins of Qantas, and the finest winebars of Western Australia, laying your hands on any of their very small production wines is becoming increasingly more difficult as the years go on.
Vineyard: From one single vineyard in Karridale, in the southern climes of Margaret River. This cooler part of the region gives flavours of pear and grapefruit, and more finesse and restraint to the palate. Ripening is later, and natural acids retained while varietal characters can develop. This vineyard is planted to the Dijon clones 95 and 96. The rows are planted north/south, and vine spacings are 3 x 1.5 m.
The 2015 season: The ninth consecutive great season for Margaret River. Following a very wet winter, spring was mild, and the rains dried up as summer began. Summer was warm with a few hot spikes, but ample water in the ground kept the vines in good condition. The ripening period of January and February was moderate, with little or no rain - perfect conditions for the vines. Flavours could develop evenly, and there was no threat of disease.
The resultant white whites have strong varietal characters, without any cooked notes. The wines have retained a delicacy while still having plenty of flavour.
Blend: 100% Chardonnay.
These grapes were hand harvested on the 24th of February, and whole fruit pressed to retain texture and delicacy. Fermentation was in French oak barrels, 20% of them new.
Following fermentation, mlf was allowed to start, and run through to completion. The wines stayed in these barrels for a further 11 months, with occassional stirring to suspend the lees. The wine was blended in March of the following year. The wine was minimally fined, filtered and bottled. The wine was then allowed to relax in bottle for a further 24 months prior to being made available for sale.
This wine was released in September, 2018 and is 100% bottled under screw cap.
Total production of 360 cases
Alcohol - 13.2%
Cellaring - Now up to 15 years
Margaret River and Chardonnay go hand in hand, but the expressions of this variety across the region are many and varied.
The Flowstone Chardonnay is from the southern reaches of the region, and is a more restrained and subtle wine than some of its more northern contemporaries.
'Whole-bunch pressed, fermented in French oak (25% new), mlf, matured for 11 months, occasional stirring, plus a further 30 months in bottle before release. I know of no other Aus maker of chardonnay who holds the wine for 30 months prior to sale. Gleaming straw-green; there are few chardonnays from '15 with the intensity and freshness of this wine It is as fresh as a daisy, and despite its power and concentration, moves with athletic grace across the palate and aftertaste A beautiful chardonnay. 320 dozen made.'
97 Points - James Halliday
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