Flowstone Chardonnay Margaret River
The fruit for this wine comes from around Pemberton and is harvested by hand. The juice is then fermented on French oak, around a quarter of which is new. Following MLF, the wine is aged for eleven months with some judicious lees stirring or batonnage.
Single vineyard in Karridale (in the south). Dijon clones 95 and 96, no Gingin. Hand picked, fermented in French oak barrels (30% new). Natural mlf. 11 months on lees with occasional bâtonnage. The combination of a ripe and perfect year and the finer, more linear Dijon clones is a good one. Textural, saline and with piercing intensity; this is an absolute joy. Personality and spice with elegance and finesse. Yep, love it.
95 points, Wine Companion (December 2020)
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.