About Flowstone

HISTORY

Flowstone is born from a culmination of Stuart Pym’s rich winemaking experience and Phil Giglia’s passion for great wine.

Stuart’s winemaking career commenced more than 30 years ago when he moved to Margaret River to help his parents produce with their new wine label Sussex Vale. This vineyard has since become the well-respected Hayshed Hill. His winemaking experience includes some of Margaret River’s best loved names including Voyager Estate (1991-2000), Devil’s Lair (2000-2008) and Stella Bella (2008-2013). Stuart also worked at Matilda Bay Brewing Company during the peak of their success in the late ’80s and was responsible for several vintages abroad and on Australia’s east coast. With his partner Janice, Stuart started Suckfizzle in 1996 and Stella Bella in 1999. In 2013 he handed over the Stella Bella winemaking reins and moved to flowstone in a permanent capacity, completing the 30-year family involvement in winemaking. Stuart and Phil first met, appropriately, at a Margaret River Great Estates lunch in the late ’90s where a joint passion for wine and a firm friendship was born. Ten years later they created flowstone and the first vines were planted in 2004. While studying at the University of Western Australia, Phil was introduced to the University Wine Club and his love for the drop began. Work at the George Street Cellars in the late 1980s gave him an appreciation for the breadth of world wine and the myriad of styles and stories it contains. It also enabled him to be in close range off the bottles he would never be able to afford! Phil is now a confirmed wine tragic – which is not a bad thing at all.

PHILOSOPHY

We draw on experience to guide our judgement and have a hands-on approach to winemaking. Being a small vineyard allows us to have an intimate knowledge of our vines, our land, and our production.

VISION

 

Small is good at Flowstone. We aim to keep our vineyard and range to their current size and continue to strive for excellence in the wines we produce.
We will continue to push the boundaries with our wine styles and varieties to excite people who are as interested and passionate about wine as we are and love to discover new varieties. We love our beautiful part of the world and living on the land – learning from it and appreciating the connection between our vineyards and what lies beneath the soil and how all the elements work together to create our beautiful wines.

Our label tells the Flowstone story. The two flowing brushstrokes represent the Margaret River horizon, and the flows of water through both landscapes. The solid grey brushstroke which appears on all labels represents the cave landscape, and the coloured brushstroke conveys our vineyard landscapes and our wine varieties. The reflection of the Flowstone name is inspired by the stunning reflection found in Lake Cave – the Queen of the Earth. All labels are printed on a limestone based label stock, which is 81% limestone with no wood fibre or pulp.

Author Ray Jordan Wine Guide 2017

The People at Flowstone
Flowstone is the distillation of 30 years of winemaking of Stuart Pym, and the unbridled passion for great wine of Phil Giglia.

Stuart started in the wine industry in 1983 when he moved to Margaret River to help his parents in their vineyard and winery in Willyabrup. 1983 was the keystone year when his parents started their own wine label – Sussex Vale – and moved to Margaret River full time. This vineyard has since become the well regarded Hayshed Hill. READ MORE……

Flowstone

Flowstone is a tiny producer of handcrafted wines in Margaret River. They are unashamedly small and intend on staying that way. This brand new winery is the product of passion of Stuart Pym (long-time Margaret River winemaker), Phil Giglia (long-time wine tragic, in a nice way) and other family helpers. Distinctive and individual.

 

OWNERS : Stuart Pym and Phil Giglia
WINEMAKERS : Stuart Pym
ESTABLISHED : 2013
VINEYARD LOCATION : Forest Grove
ANNUAL CRUSH  : 30 tonnes
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Savagnin, Touriga

WINE PRICES : $32 – 74
PHONE : 0487 010 275
EMAIL : flowstone@flowstonewines.com
WEBSITE : www.flowstonewines.com
DISTRIBUTION : Retail, Wholesaler, Mail Order, Online


Flowstone Queen of the Earth chardonnay 2014 ($55)

This is a chardonnay that packs a punch. There’s plenty of winemaking influence, but not to the point of compromising the excellent fruit qualities. Flinty with some struck match complexity. The charry oak plays a role. Aromatically enticing, then the palate confirms. Super wine.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 9 Years

Flowstone Moonmilk shiraz grenache 2016 ($25)

Everything about this succulent and juicy red blend is delicious and appealing. Spicy, ripe, dark plummy fruit with a power of intense concentrated fruit flavours. It’s made as a wine to drink immediately. Terrific with slightly spicy food believe it or not.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 3 years

Flowstone Queen of the Earth cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($74)

An impeccably balanced and perfectly weighted classic cabernet from Margaret River. Aromas of scented cedar and chocolaty red fruits with a hint of orange zest and liqueur. Chalky tannins and lightly cedary oak work into the dense black fruits. Its structure is the key as it will ensure extended ageing
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 18 years

Wine Making Process

We rely on our own experience of hands-on experience, observations and judgement rather than adopting a named viticultural practice.

The vineyard is planted on the gravelly ridge of a hill, with a view to the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge.

The soil is consistent lateritic gravel, with the occasional granite outcrop.

The row plantings are north/south, at spacing of 1.2 m between vines and 3 m between rows. Small levels of supplementary irrigation are used as they are required, which can’t be much, because we don’t have much water anyway.

Crops are restricted to 4 t/ha maximum (26 hl/ha).

Vineyard operation revolves around retaining high levels of organic matter in the soil, minimal synthetic chemical usage, and above all, retaining and fostering good vine balance. We do not adopt any named viticultural practice, we just rely on our own observations, judgements, and experience.

Address

11298 Bussell Highway,
Forest Grove
Western Australia

CONTACT

Phone 0487 010 275
flowstone@flowstonewines.com

Website

www.flowstonewines.com/

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