I have some exciting new wine to share with you today. As I ordered these wines back in February and they have been slowly making their way across the see during very uncertain times I was delighted when they were dropped in to my warehouse last week and I had to have them released and delivered immediately!
The wineries in question are Flametree winery – Margaret River, Western Australia. Moorooduc, Mornington Peninsula and Harewood Estate, Great Western Australia.
Flametree Embers Winery is located in the Margaret River Wine region on the shores of Geographe Bay, Western Australia. With a beach house style cellar door which leads you in to relaxation and comfort.
The mediteranean climate mimics and preserves some similarities with that of Bordeaux and is subsequently known for its own take on Cabernet Sauvignon and merlot blends as well as my personal favourite, Semillon Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc blends. Additionally, thanks to a favourable climate Chardonnay also thrives hear too.
In a recent 2020 press article by James Suckling, James scored the newly released Chardonnay 93/100. Cabernet Sauvignon 93/100. Shiraz 91/100.
Moorooduc is situated in what is know as ‘the dress circle’ of Melbourne along with Geelong, Macedon Ranges and in this case Mornington Peninsula. You will find Moorooduc (named after its location) safely nestled in the Peninsuala that provides ideal if not challenging growing conditions. Yes it is hot-hot-hot at times but sticking out like a tree limb in to the Southern Ocean, battling at times bitter cold winds and all the weather that comes with it. Mornington is able to strike balance that grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are known to thrive in.
Pinot Noir grapes are held at a cool temperature and destemmed before a four to six day maceration allowing spontaneous fermentation to begin. Fermentation temperatures peak at 34oC, a total of 19-21 days of maceration is allowed before pressing and racking in to barrel to complete the wines transformation.
Chardonnay grapes are picked whole bunch and pressed pneumatically before being drawn almost always directly into oak barrels. Wild yeast/spontaneous fermentation is allowed as is lees ageing, More often than not natural malolactic fermentation happens in barrel.
Harewood Estate helms from Great Southern Australia (out in the west). South of Perth the estate is a steep hilled valley leading out on the rolling slopes of vineyard before reaching the Southern Ocean. Long summer days, cool evening and gravely soils that allow drainage and further encourage the vines to work hard. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay but also Riesling and the classic Sem/Sauv blend do particularly well here.
Wines from these estates are available at the website now! A special selection case deal currently running (while stocks last) is available to purchase here