When is Reserve not a reserve? when it’s a Sub Regional Series. After 15 vintages making wine in Margaret River one gets a feel for the sub regions that are best suited to specific grape varieties. Rather than go down the traditional Reserve or Single Vineyard path Cliff decided to pursue something a little different, hence the sub regional theme. Although there are no officially defined subregions in Margaret River, producers have adopted the John Gladstone proposal. In 1999 viticultural scientist Dr John Gladstone presented a paper suggesting there should be six sub regions based on climate and soil differences namely; Yallingup, Carbunup, Wilyabrup, Treeton, Wallcliffe and Karridale.
The fruit for the 2011 Flametree SRS Chardonnay was sourced from Steven’s Valley vineyard in the Wallcliffe sub region of Margaret River, long regarded as the golden triangle for the tighter, leaner Margaret River Chardonnay’s. As with many of the best Margaret River Chardonnays the clone of choice is Gin Gin, this fruit comes from old, low yielding vines at, 1.6 tons per acre. The vineyard is situated on a nice piece of North West facing gravelly loam. The fruit was entirely handpicked.
After 24 hours refrigeration, the fruit was whole bunch pressed and settled overnight. Turbid juice was then transferred into barrel where the wine was then left to undergo wild ferment. The secret to successful wild ferment is high turbidity juices and low alcohols. ML was blocked entirely as often time ML thickens the wines and interferes with the fruit purity. It was barrel fermented in French oak, 40% new, the remainder being two and three year seasoned wood.
This is truly a Chardonnay that reflects the concentration of Margaret River in a warmer vintage, yet exemplifies earlier picked, lower alcohol energy and taut definition. Well-defined grapefruit and white peach fruit is offset by savory charcuterie, notes of struck flint and a saline character indicative of its maritime origins. A beautifully crafted Margaret River Chardonnay of honed acidity and mouth-filling, finely structured texture.
- Region: Margaret River
- Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
- Vintage: 2011
- Vineyard: Steven's Valley
- Vine Age: 17 years old
- Yield: 1.6 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Gravel Loam
- TA: 7.1 grams per liter
- pH: 3.22
- Alcohol: 13.4%
- Oak: 11 months in French barrique (40% new)
- Production: 220 cases
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