Flowstone Queen of the Earth Chardonnay 2017
- Rich, full
- Margaret River
There’s definitely an old guard in Margaret River - think Leeuwin Estate, Pierro, Moss Wood etc. But there is an incredible collection of newer producers who haven’t been around since the early days. Amongst the these is the extremely exciting Flowstone. Their best wines go under the Queen of the Earth label and garner exceptional reviews from critics like James Halliday. He’s given this one, the 2017 Chardonnay, an impressive 97 points. On top of that, he’s named it a Special Value wine and put it on his Best of the Best list for Chardonnay this year. The wine has a complex nose, expressing baked pears, hazelnuts, honeysuckle and flint. On the palate, it’s intense and focussed with evidence of creamy lees, chalky acid and a backbone of oak. Feel confident drinking this now or laying it down for a couple decades.
“Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, fermented and matured in French barriques (50% new). Exceptional depth to its structure and texture; luxuriantly ripe and supple. Clotted cream is swept away by acidity on the aftertaste.”
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- Margaret River
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- 100% Chardonnay
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Margaret River is as elusive as it is beautiful, such that you really need to visit to truly grasp its haunting beauty. Über-premium Cabernet, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends grow here. 'Margies' only produces 3% of the country's grapes, but commands over 20% of its premium wine market, and hasn't had an off vintage since 2006. You start to realise how often this region is overlooked when you can list brands like Leeuwin, Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, and Voyager, not to mention Cullen, Pierro, Moss Wood, and Deep Woods. It's safe to say that it's time for a revisit.
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