Shiraz Margaret River Western Australia
The length of Margaret River's coastline hosts a tapestry of terroirs, each expressing a subtle variation on the profoundly aromatic and intense regional style. Flametree have assembled a collation of fruit from five choice vineyards in the premier viticultural precincts of Wallcliffe, Wilyabrup and Yallingup. A well proportioned wine with seamless integration that's greater than the sum of parts, Wallcliffe grapes contribute a measure of pepper and spice complexity, fruit from vineyards further to the north add rich dark berry characters and a concentration of flavour.
Shiraz is harvested off vines planted to propitious gravel soils on select sites with a history of yielding moderate crops of the most intensely flavoured fruit. Grapes are treated to several days of day cold soak before inoculation to specialized strains of Rhone yeast, given plenty of air throughout the vinification in a mix of open and static fermenters, caps are plunged and/or pumped over twice daily. Some parcels are whole bunch fermented to encourage partial carbonic and introduce vibrant, spicy strawberry complexity. Batches are inoculated for malolactic, pressed off and transferred to a selection of seasoned French and American oak barrels for several months maturation before the final assemblage.
Bright, deep scarlet colour. Lifted blueberry and plums, liquorice and spice combine to create a soft fruit driven Shiraz perfume. Soft extraction techniques and open ferments have achieved a wine of ripe fruit flavours and fine tannin structure. The palate shows plenty of sweet dark fruits and spicy oak flavours. Ageing in older barrels has kept oak in the back ground and ensured that fruit flavours are star of the show.