2015

Embers Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 92 points (Special Value Star) – James Halliday Wine Companion 2017
    “A ready-to-drink style is Embers’ mantra. It is that and much more as it over delivers on quality and flavour. Plush and ripe red-dark fruits, cassis and woodsy-spice infused with supple tannins, slight grip on the finish, refreshing and rewarding.”
  • 91 points Decanter Magazine “Margaret River – 50 Fabulous Buys”, Dec 2017
    “Fresh and uncomplicated, for early drinking. Ripe redcurrant and cassis, soft and fleshy.” Drink 2017 -2018

2017

Flametree Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

  • 92 points – James Halliday Wine Companion 2019“Crafted with 85% sauvignon blanc and the remainder semillon. This febrile, light to mid-weighted expression benefits from the waxy lemon drop and white fig tones ofsemillon, serving to impart body to the tangy clang of sauvignon’s nettle and spearmint. The result is an appetising wine with a dutiful nod to the easier going whitesof Bordeaux.”
  • GOLD Medal (95 points)  – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2018

2016

Flametree Chardonnay

  • 95 points (#1 of 30 Margaret River wines) – Huon Hooke – The Real Review 2017, The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald
    “‘Restraint with drive and persistence’ could be winemaker Cliff Royle’s mantra. The bouquet is complex and charming with lightly toasted almond and subtle citrus fruit aromas. The palate is intense but delicate and finely composed, with tension, refinement and length. I could drink a bucket of it.”
  • 92 points – James Suckling – July 2017
    “A tangy and fresh chardonnay with dried apple and lemon character. Hints of lime. Full to medium body. Bright acidity. Screw cap. Drink now.”
  • 91 points – James Halliday Wine Companion 2018
    “There’s a lot to get out of this with its peachy stone fruit, citrus, figs and ginger spice with more complex flinty notes and creamy lees on the palate – not too much, just the right amount.”

2016

Flametree Shiraz

  • 92+ points – Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – June 2018
    “It’s an elegant wine, well-ripened, floral and perfumed, and gently sinewy. Margaret River almost never makes ‘big’ or heavy shiraz but this is ever-so-slightly lighter than the norm, though the complexity levels have been elevated as compensation. I like it. It’s not ready to drink right now, it needs a couple of years to start showing itself
    properly; it begs for a touch of age to creep in. Some faces just look better with a crease or two. Balance of fruit-oak-acid-tannin here is impeccable, as is the flourish to the finish. It’s a squeaky clean wine, but an interesting one. Admirable. With a future.”
  • 91 points – James Halliday Wine Companion 2019
    “Mottled black and blue fruits kissed with pepper and cardamom sashay across a mid-weighted palate, savoury in its delivery. Violet hints too. A versatile wine at the table.”

2015

Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

  • 93 points – James Halliday Wine Companion (online)
    “55/30/9/6% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. 12 months in French oak, 30% new. It’s a mid-weight wine at most but it wants for nothing. It mostly tastes of redcurrant and plum though there are darker, more blackcurrant-like flavours here too, boosted by gravel and dark chocolate. Toasty oak chips in with an opinion too. Is arguably best served by a patient approach.”

2017

Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay

  • 97 points – Ray Jordan – West Weekend, November 2018
    “This wine is now firmly among the Margaret River chardonnay elite. It’s sourced from a single site in the Wallcliffe sub-region. All wild fermented and matured in large format French oak, with about 40% of it new. Wonderfully complex stone fruit, mineral and tight savoury notes. Very long and powerfully sustained palate. Classy wine.”
  • 5 Stars – Huon Hooke – The Real Review, The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald #3 out of 51 Margaret River chardonnays.
  • GOLD Medal – International Wine Challenge 2019
    “Youthful yet seriously complex. Crushed lime, preserved lemon and toasted almonds with some flinty notes on this clever wine, with a chalky texture and a mineral finish.”
  • GOLD & Consistency of Excellence Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2018
    The medal is awarded to an individual wine that is able to achieve a gold medal at three different Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. Awarded Gold for the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 vintages.
  • GOLD Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show 2018
  • GOLD Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018
  • GOLD Medal – Wine Show of Western Australia 2018
  • GOLD Medal – Perth Royal Wine Awards 2018

2015

Flametree SRS Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 96 points – Ray Jordan – West Weekend, November 2018
    “A beautiful wine that captures the essence of this great vintage to perfection. Packed with blackberry and perfumed dark chocolate on the nose. The palate is a monumental statement of firm, chalky tannin, tight grained oak and super concentrated fruit. Has the structure and poise to handle extended cellaring but, gosh, it will be good drinking
    over the next few years if you must.”
  • 95 points – James Halliday Wine Companion 2019
    “This is dense, tightly packed cabernet, sourced from the exulted Wilyabrup district. Currants red and black, anise, clove, bay leaf and the rest of the varietal cavalcade rumble across a sheen of fine tuned gravely tannins. The oak is an adjunct, rather than a yell, positioning itself as assistant to the slinky tannic mettle. This will age very well.”

2017

Embers Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 92 points – Wine Enthusiast (USA), Jan 31 2020
    “This wine carries aromas of evergreen and cassis on the nose – a dead ringer for Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are suave and subtle, providing a lightly drying but generously long finish. There is excellent tension here, and the overall impression is sophisticated and integrated. The lifting acidity floats gracefully through the finish, making it a terrific wine for food pairing. Delightful to drink now, there is no rush to enjoy this thanks to the marked intensity. Drink now – 2024”
  • Top 100 – The Wine Merchant Top 100 2019 (UK)

2018

Flametree Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

  • 95 points & Special Value – James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
    “Initial thoughts are about the simple, but this is something altogether more engaging. Pungent methoxy-green bean and leaf, plus lifted lemon leaf, guava and dried lemongrass. The palate is all fresh greens and preserved lemon, in a seamless texture. Good now, may well improve further.”

2018

Flametree Chardonnay

  • 95 points – James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine “BEST BUYS”
    “From four districts along Margaret River, 30% fermented in new oak, 8% mlf, matured for 9 months in oak. A lot of effort and high quality inputs have gone into making a classy chardonnay, with ever-changing facets as the wine travels along the palate and lingering finish, no one dominant. Drink and be happy—it’s a steal.”
  • 93 points – James Suckling, June 2019
    “Super fragrant lemons and grapefruit with white peaches and the right thread of flint in the mix. The palate has a smooth and mineral edge with sleek lemon pith and fine, bright-acidity cut. Very impressive. Drink or hold.”
  • 91 points – Joe Czerwinski – Wine Advocate, January 2020
    “Smoky aromas, hints of pencil shavings and fleshy notes of white peaches and tangerines. It’s medium to full-bodied and plump but with a crisp backbone and a long, elegant finish. A blend of clones from three vineyards and aged in 25% new oak, it should drink well for 5-6 years.”
  • 90 points – Wine Enthusiast (USA), Jan 31 2020
    “This youthful bottling abounds with citrus pulp and cracked white peppercorn on the nose. The energetic palate is as zippy as the nose, showing light-bodied palate edged by bright acidity. Vigor and focus abound, and the papery, tannic finish makes this a perfect wine for the table. Drink now – 2022”

2017

Flametree Shiraz

  • 95 points & Special Value – James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
    “The notes say that an emphasis has been put on elegance and fragrance rather than power, with cooler ferments and the inclusion of stalks to add complexity. And that is exactly how this wine presents. Medium-bodied, fragrant red/black fruits, spicy stem notes, oak as background noise rather than the brand. Thoughtfully made, and delivered to a T.”

2015

Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

  • 93 points – James Halliday Wine Companion (online)
    “55/30/9/6% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. 12 months in French oak, 30% new. It’s a mid-weight wine at most but it wants for nothing. It mostly tastes of redcurrant and plum though there are darker, more blackcurrant-like flavours here too, boosted by gravel and dark chocolate. Toasty oak chips in with an opinion too. Is arguably best served by a patient approach.”

2016

Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 94 points – Ray Jordan – The West Australian newspaper
    “Firm, structured cabernet built along classic Margaret River lines. The tannins are firm, in keeping with this vintage, but there is a velvety smoothness on the sumptuous plush palate. Blackcurrant with a sliver of black olive and light cedar. Bright and lively, with brilliant colour contributing to the energy on the palate.”
  • 93 points – James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
    “Deep garnet and concentrated looking. Black fruit, spices, a hint of mint or dried bay leaf. Plus cedar and tobacco too. Sturdy too. With nice sapid tannins keeping everything succulent and fresh. Comes across as being long as it is deep in flavour. Lots to like.”
  • 92 points – James Suckling, June 2019
    “Rich and plummy red with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Some fresh herbs. Medium body, round and polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Pure and bright aftertaste. Drink now or hold.”

2018

Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay

  • 95 points – Huon Hooke – The Real Review, September 2019
    “Very complex and alluring bouquet with plenty of sulfide smokiness, struck-flint and grapefruit. The palate is lively and restrained, delicate yet intense, with a trace of bitterness possibly from phenolics. An intense, refined, taut wine with terrific line, length and tension.”
  • 94 points – Joe Czerwinski – Wine Advocate, January 2020
    “Barrel fermented in 40% new French oak puncheons, the 2018 SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay repeats the success of previous vintages. A bit of almond-skin toastiness appears on the nose, along with delicate citrus notes. This medium to full-bodied wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts and shows great complexity, combining varied citrus notes with hints of toasted grain and nuts, but also a remarkable, silky texture and a finish of finely crushed stone. It should drink well for up to a decade.”
  • GOLD Medal – James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2019
  • GOLD Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019
  • GOLD Medal – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2019

2016

Flametree SRS Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 95 points – James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
    “The logical progression with the dials turned up. Lots of concentrated black fruit with a herbal ribbon. Lots of cedar, tobacco and spice from the 55% new oak. Lots of tannin from extended maceration on skins. It’s chunky, sturdy, built and will last as long as you like.”
  • 94 points – Joe Czerwinski – Wine Advocate, January 2020
    “From a vineyard located near Moss Wood, the 2016 SRS Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon is a super effort. Aged in 50% new oak for 16 months, it features hints of baking spices and toasted oak layered over cassis fruit. It’s medium to full-bodied, showing the classic Cabernet juxtaposition of intense cassis and chocolate flavors with restraint and structure. Rich but silky and fine, it finishes long and mouthwatering.”
  • 93 points – James Suckling, June 2019
    “Very attractive and subtle character of dark-berry, currant and fresh-herb aromas and flavors, following through to a medium to full body. Firm and silky tannins. Racy and fine. Drink or hold.”

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