Fits snuggly into the modern era of Margaret River and Aussie chardonnay, but retains the power and drive that makes this area so good. Nutty melony aroma with a little grapefruit. The palate is already showing a degree of complexity but the fruit is pure and pristine. Lovely wine for drinking over the next few years.
Cliff Royle continues to raise the bar with his chardonnays, especially at the super premium end with this marvelous wine sourced from around Wallcliffe. Tasty oak infused into the white peach and grapefruit fruit characters. A little struck match and a flinty gun metal character. Extraordinary length and persistence.
Such an exotic wild berry and blackcurrant character swirls up from the powerful aromas of this Wilyabrup cabernet sauvignon. The palate is tightly would with leafy black olive and black fruit characters supported by fine grained French oak and firm fie tannins. The length and power in the palate really step up in this classy cabernet.
Flametree cabernet sauvignon merlot 2013 ($30)
It’s labelled cabernet merlot but there’s some petit verdot and malbec in there too providing some attractive floral spicy characters. A generous and supple wine with a soft plush palate offering stacks of ripe intense black fruits kept tidy and focused by some firmish chalky tannins and a lick of spicy oak.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 6 years
Flametree S.R.S. Wallcliffe chardonnay 2014 ($55)
Another very good wine from Cliff Royle who knows a thing or two about making quality chardonnay. It’s made with a degree of restraint to embrace the modern Aussie chardonnay but all the usual suspects are still there. White peach stone fruit with some cereal mealiness and a crunchy grapefruit tartness. Really attractive use of toasty oak on the palate completes an outstanding wine.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 5 years
Flametree S.R.S. Wilyabrup cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($55)
Such a smooth and beautifully textured powerhouse from the Wilyabrup subregion. Perfumed notes of violets and blackberry with some suggestions of sweet dark chocolate. Huge mix of mulberry and blackcurrant on the palate with fine chalky tannins and a decent lick of oak. A wine made with extended cellaring in mind.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 15 years
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