Flametree's wines are very welcome new listings for us. This is a Margaret River based winery, rated 5 Stars by James Halliday, that we import directly through our Vindependents group. Chardonnay is making a huge comeback among our customers and, when it's done well, there's no better white wine. This is produced in a clearly New World style, and you're getting a lot of bang for your buck here, but it's a beautifully made wine with a focus on purity of fruit, texture and careful handling of the oak. The result is a very fine wine with notes of tropical fruits, pear, melon and citrus bursting out of the glass. It's crisp and balanced on the palate with that ripe fruit balanced by minerality and a nice texture. The oak is well judged, adding to the wine rather than overpowering it, and the length of finish is excellent. Delicious now, this will cellar well for 3-5 years. A wine that over delivers.
SC Rating - OUTSTANDING (Mike)