Flametree has received a red 5 star rating from James Halliday in the 2013 edition of his Australian Wine Companion. This may not mean much to us American folk, but it is a really, really big deal down under and as important is the fact that it happened to such a young winery.

The red 5 star rating acknowledges wineries with a long track record of excellence that regularly produce wines of exemplary quality.

Here are Halliday's scores for the current releases VSI will be importing! Look for these early next year!

96 points - Flametree Wines S.R.S. Margaret River Chardonnay 2010 [5 glasses]

From the 'golden triangle' of the Wallcliffe area; light, bright straw-green, the wine has exceptional power, presence and length to its grapefruit, white peach and apple flavours that have eaten the oak in which it was fermented. Drink by: 2018

96 points - Flametree Wines Margaret River Chardonnay 2010 [5 glasses] Special Value Star

From the central Wilyabrup area, and the cooler southern Wallcliffe area. This is an exceptionally intense wine, with zesty grapefruit, melon skin and white peach flavours threaded around a high tensile chord of acidity running through the palate; oak did the job required of it, but no more. A very long life ahead. Drink by: 2023

95 points - Flametree S.R.S. Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 [5 glasses]

In the Sub Regional Series, coming from Wilyabrup, long regarded as the source of the region's best cabernets. This is a high quality, full-bodied wine, with blackcurrant, black olive and cedar all competing for space, underpinned by tannins that will see the wine cruise over the next 20+ years.

94 points - Flametree Wines Cabernet Merlot 2010 [5 glasses]

Bright red-purple; the highly fragrant bouquet of blackcurrant and cedar flows into an elegant medium-bodied palate, the red and black berry fruits lengthened by exemplary tannins, part berry-, part French oak-derived, but harmonious. Drink by: 2020

93 points - Embers Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 [4.5 glasses]

A tank sample, with bright crimson colour. It has the stature of a top label, rather than a second-tier, with all the components of fruit, tannins and oak in place. The palate is no more than medium-bodied, but has many layers of red and black fruit and oak flavours, before ascending on a vibrantly juicy finish. There is no hurry whatsoever to drink the wine. Drink by: 2018