Margaret River and Chardonnay go hand in hand, but the expressions of this variety across the region are many and varied. The Flowstone Queen of the Earth Chardonnay is from one tiny patch of vines in the Southern reaches of the region, and marks the beginning of this vineyards history.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
From the 0.5ha planting in '04, hand-picked; fermentation and mlf in French oak (50% new); 17 months in barrel; once bottled, held for 36 months before release. Counterintuitively, elegance and finesse, rather than complexity, define the character of this wine, and underwrite its extreme length. A quite beautiful display of perfectly ripened Chardonnay vinified by a master. James Halliday, Rating 97, 27th July 2015
Winery Tasting Notes
White-gold, with pale green highlights.
Complex aromas of beurre bosc pears, stonefruit, brioche, nut-meal, hints of honeysuckle and creamy lees notes. This is a complex expression of southern Margaret River Chardonnay.
Dense, focussed and intense - perfectly aligning the fruit and oak. The powerful fruit flavours are introspective at the moment, but still hold the palate together. Some years will see them blossom. The oak, lees contact and mlf give additional complexity. There is great texture and length, and a chalky acid to finish. The palate has great power and focus, but is not fat or heavy. This is a serious Chardonnay of substance and moment.
Coq au Vin, Massaman Curry, turkey sandwich, soft creamy cheeses.
Now and over the next 10 years.