Just as the flowstones are formed with time and patience, to allow their true beauty and origins to be revealed, so are our wines.

Wines

RANGE OVERVIEW

We are all about making wines that are interesting and enjoyable from great vineyard sites, using our knowledge of world wine styles.

The wines we make are varieties suited to the region, but also wines we love to drink! Our styles are not necessarily typical of the region and are made to surprise and excite people who are interested in wine.

Our Sauvignon Blanc is a classic example. Ours is not the bright passionfruit immediate style of wine widely available, but is a more focussed and palate-oriented wine.

In addition to Sauvignon Blanc, our range comprises a classic southern Margaret River Chardonnay; a rich and exotic Gewurztraminer; a bright and fruity Shiraz Grenache; Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga - a Portuguese twist on a classic Margaret River Cabernet; and our two small vineyard productions - Queen of the Earth Chardonnay encased by the best French oak and Queen of the Earth Cabernet Sauvignon - a dense, concentrated Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tasting Notes

Flowstone

  • 2017 Moonmilk – Savagnin, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc – now available!!

    Moonmilk – a white creamy substance found in caves. It is a form of flowstone, and is gooey and pasty when wet, with a texture like cream cheese. It is crumbly and powdery when dry. It has historically been used as a medicine.

    Savagnin must be the most confused grape variety there is. With a rich history, and considered one of the founding varieties, it has suffered from nomenclature confusion with Sauvignon Blanc, name changes to traminer (a non-aromatic version of Gewurztraminer), and its presence in Australia through the misunderstanding that it was Albarinho. It does still have a spiritual home in the Jura, in the east of France, next to Switzerland, where it does make some very distinctive wines.
    This wine brings the family of confusion together, to give a wine of great flavour, texture, minerality, and freshness. To this, we have added a dollop of Viognier to add some mid palate textures.

    Blend: 64% Savagnin.18% Viognier, 12% Gewurztraminer, 6% Sauvignon Blanc.

    Food ideas: seared scallops, with a green salad, or just with good friends on a warm afternoon

    Drink: Now and over the next 3 years.

    Technical Information

    Growing Season

    The 2017 season: A warm Spring lead to a healthy start to the season. A few Spring storms damaged some of the early growth, but this is the norm in this region. Vine growth was generally strong, and the vines healthy with a good crop.
    The ripening period of February and March was cool, with the ripening process slowed.This leads to wines of finesse, purity, and a wonderfully fresh lightness.
    A very unusual rain event in late March, lead to 50 - 75mm of rain over 2 days. The whites were well picked by then, so it was not an issue in this regard.. April was long, mild and dry – a godsend for the reds.
    This was a bit of a white-knuckle vintage, but the results are stunning. Another great year for Margaret River!!

    Wine Making

    Winemaking: The grapes were allowed to ripen to an extent where they express the full array of exotic flavours and spices. All grapes were hand harvested in early/mid March, and whole fruit pressed to retain texture. Fermentation was in old oak barrels. Following fermentation, the wines stayed in these barrels for a further 6 months, with occasional stirring to suspend the lees. The barrels were blended in October of the vintage year. The wine was minimally fined, filtered and bottled.

    Technical Analysis

    • Alcohol

      12.2
    • Standard Drinks

      7.5
    • pH

      3.50
    • Acidity

      5.90 g/l
    • Residual Sugar

      <1.0 g

    Cellaring Potential

    3 years, but drinks really well now.

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  • 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is probably the world's most popular white wine, especially in its brightly fruity expression.

    The Flowstone Sauvignon Blanc harks back to a more palate focussed wine, free of the nervy pressures of immediacy, and allowing the variety to express itself in a more textural manner.

    The inspirations behind this wine are more from the old home of Sauvignon Blanc than the new.

    95 points & Special Value | Halliday Wine Companion

    Technical Information

    Growing Season

    Vineyard: Sauvignon Blanc is widely planted across the Margaret River region, however, the best expressions are found in the southern reaches.

    This wine is from one single 2.0 ha vineyard in Karridale. Soils are gravelly loam, on a westerly aspect. The rows run north/south, and vine spacings are 3 x 1.5m

    The ninth consecutive good season for Margaret River. A moderately wet winter led into a typically mild Spring, and the rains dried up as summer began. There was, however, a few Spring storms at the very critical time of flowering. As such, the fruit set process of the grapes was very poor, and resultants yields from the vines very low across the board. Summer was warm with a few hot spikes, but ample water in the ground kept the vines in good condition. The ripening period of January and February was moderate, with little or no rain - perfect conditions for the vines. A few showers in March and April added some spice to the vintage, but the whites were well harvested by then. Because of the very low yields, the resultant wines are very generous full flavoured, with beautifully ripe flavours.
    The white wines are intense and focussed, with lifted aromatics and full of varietal expression.
    Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

    Wine Making

    These grapes were hand harvested on the 5th of March, and whole fruit pressed to retain finesse and texture. Fermentation was in old oak barrels and one new Demi Muid (600litres, and 45 mm thick staves). Following fermentation, the wines stayed in these barrels for a further 11 months, with occassional stirring to suspend the lees.

    The wine from these barrels was blended in February of the following year. The wine was minimally fined, filtered and bottled. The wine was then allowed to relax in bottle for a further 15 months prior to being made available for sale.

    This wine was released in April 2017 and is 100% bottled under screw cap.
    Total production of 490 cases.

    Technical Analysis

    • Alcohol

      13.0% vol.
    • Standard Drinks

      7.1
    • pH

      3.29
    • Acidity

      7.15g.l
    • Residual Sugar

      < 0.2g.lt

    Cellaring Potential

    Now and over the next 10 years.

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  • 2014 Chardonnay

    Margaret River and Chardonnay go hand in hand, but the expressions of this variety across the region are many and varied.

    The Flowstone Chardonnay is from the southern reaches of the region, and is a more restrained and subtle wine than some of its more northern contemporaries.

    95 points & Special Value | Halliday Wine Companion

    Technical Information

    Growing Season

    Vineyard: From one single vineyard in Karridale, in the southern climes of Margaret River. This cooler part of the region gives flavours of pear and grapefruit, and more finesse and restraint to the palate. Ripening is later, and natural acids retained while varietal characters can develop. This vineyard is planted to the Dijon clones 95 and 96. The rows are planted north/south, and vine spacings are 3 x 1.5 m.

    The 2014 season: A dry, warm spring and summer followed by a harvest period of continued warmth. A warmer than usual February, with surprisingly warm nights, brought the harvest forward by about 1 weeks compared to normal - is this the new normal?.. The season breaking rains came in mid/late April, well after the grapes were harvested. 2014 is another classic in Margaret River.

    The white wines are intense and focussed, with lifted aromatics and full of varietal expression.
    Blend: 100% Chardonnay.

    Wine Making

    These grapes were hand harvested on the 24th of February, and whole fruit pressed to retain texture and delicacy. Fermentation was in French oak barrels, 20% of them new.

    Following fermentation, mlf was allowed to start, and run through to completion. The wines stayed in these barrels for a further 11 months, with occassional stirring to suspend the lees. The wine was blended in March of the following year. The wine was minimally fined, filtered and bottled. The wine was then allowed to relax in bottle for a further 24 months prior to being made available for sale.

    This wine was released in July, 2017 and is 100% bottled under screw cap.
    Total production of 360 cases

    Technical Analysis

    • Alcohol

      12.5% vol
    • Standard Drinks

      7.5
    • pH

      3.36
    • Acidity

      6.9g.lt
    • Residual Sugar

      < 0.5g.lt

    Cellaring Potential

    Now and over the next 12 years.

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  • 2015 Gewurztraminer

    Gewurztraminer translates to "spicy or perfumed" traminer. It is a variety of enormous and complicated history, with origins in the northern climes of Italy. It is now planted fairly widely across Europe, but in very small quantities. Its European home now is probably Alsace, but there are still reasonable plantings in northern Italy and Germany.

    The variety is characterised by its pink/brown skinned berry, and its powerful aromas of lychee, musk and roses.

    93 points | James Halliday 2018

    Technical Information

    Growing Season

    Vineyard: Gewurztraminer was one of the early varieties planted in Margaret River, but is now not much more than a curio, if it can be found at all.

    This wine is from 3 rows of 37+ year old dry grown vines in Willyabrup. That is the entire planting. We harvest about 1 tonne.

    The 2015 season: A drier than usual Winter and Spring was followed by a harvest period of continued warmth. The ripening period of February and March was mild, with very little rain or damaging weather. The season breaking rains came in mid/late April, well after the grapes were harvested. 2015 is yet another great Margaret River vintage. Crops were moderate.

    The white wines are intense and focussed, with lifted aromatics and full of varietal expression.
    Blend: 100% Gewurztraminer.

    Wine Making

    The grapes were allowed to ripen to an extent where they express the full array of exotic flavours and spices. These grapes were hand harvested on the 20th March, and whole fruit pressed to retain texture.

    No acid addition was made. Fermentation was in old oak barrels (3 of them). Following fermentation, the wines stayed in these barrels for a further 15 months, with occassional stirring to suspend the lees. The barrels were blended in July of the following year. The wine was minimally fined, filtered and bottled. Bottling was done manually with a single head filler. The wine was then allowed to relax in bottle for a further 15 months prior to being made available for sale.

    This wine was released in August, 2017. This wine is 100% bottled under screw cap. Total production of 62 cases.

    Technical Analysis

    • Alcohol

      14.0% vol.
    • Standard Drinks

      8.5
    • pH

      3.74
    • Acidity

      5.4g.lt
    • Residual Sugar

      < 0.5g.lt

    Cellaring Potential

    Now and over the next 12 years.

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  • 2016 Moonmilk Shiraz Grenache

    The early drinking red wine has had its high and low periods, yet there are still classic wines of the world made as just this - specifically Beaujolais, and the Joven (juvenile) wines of Spain. An early drinking red wine is nothing to be ashamed of - it is a celebration of the season, and demonstrates that not all red wines have to be profound and thought provoking. Some can just be downright enjoyable!

    Appearance: deep and vibrant red/purple, with purple notes. The colour is extraordinarily dense, and full of vibrance.

    Aroma: plums, mulberries, red fruits, lifted cherry notes, spice and dark chocolate. An engaging and enticing array of aromatics that is very hard to put down.

    Palate: generous and soft, with bright fresh flavours. The flavours are surprisingly complex as they evolve from one to another. There is great length of flavour, and abundant, but soft, juicy tannins. This wine drinks fantastically now, and will for some years.

    Food ideas: bbq, warm afternoons, lamb loin chops, rib eye, spag bol, pizza, vegetarian samosa, all things casual and easy.

    Technical Information

    Growing Season

    Vineyard: Sourced from a few vineyards in the centre and south of Margaret River. The vineyards on the centre of the region give riper, more generous fruit characters, while the southern vineyards lend and almost Rhone austerity, while still retaining lovely aromatics.

    The 2016 season: The tenth consecutive good season for Margaret River. A moderately wet winter led into a typically mild Spring, and the rains dried up as summer began. There was, however, a few Spring storms at the very critical time of flowering. As such, the fruit set process of the grapes was very poor, and resultants yields from the vines very low across the board. Summer was warm with a few hot spikes, but ample water in the ground kept the vines in good condition. The ripening period of January and February was moderate, with little or no rain - perfect conditions for the vines. A few showers in March and April added some spice to the vintage, but the reds were well harvested by then. Because of the very low yields, the resultant wines are very generous full flavoured, with beautifully ripe flavours.

    Wine Making

    Blend: 62% Shiraz, 38% Grenache.

    Winemaking: The grapes were allowed to ripen to fully showcase their ripe varietal characters. These grapes were hand harvested from the 15th March to the 7th of April (down south).

    The Shiraz was crushed and destemmed to open fermenters. The Grenache (and the few buckets of Mourvedre) was just thrown into an open fermenter as whole bunches without crushing. The ferments were plunged three times per day (Grenache foot stomped). There was no temperature control.

    At about 6 be (mid ferment), the Shiraz was pressed, and allowed to finish ferment in old barrels. This allows the extraction of the colour and flavours from the skins, but avoids the harder extraction from the higher alcohol levels generated at the end of the ferment. The Grenache was allowed to complete fermentation on skins - the foot stomping would progressively break open berries, and release the sugars for fermentation. As such, the fermentation was long and gentle, resulting in a beautifully perfumed wine. Once fermentation was finished - about 3 weeks - the wine was pressed, and moved to barrel.
    Mlf for both varieties was allowed to occur in barrel. The wine remained in these barrels for 7 months, and then blended.

    The chosen oak was old barriques (older than 5 years), and 2 ex Cognac puncheons (older than 20 years, with Cognac being their last fill). The wine was minimally fined, filtered and bottled. The wine was allowed to settle after bottling for 4 months, and then released to maximise its bright, fresh juiciness.

    Total production of 210 cases.

    Technical Analysis

    • Alcohol

      14% vol.
    • Standard Drinks

      8.3
    • pH

      3.55
    • Acidity

      5.6g
    • Residual Sugar

      < 0.5g.lt

    Cellaring Potential

    Drink: Now and over the next 12 years.

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  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga

    A blend of classic Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, and the classic Portuguese variety Touriga. Cabernet Sauvignon is well known in Margaret River, whereas Touriga less so.

    Touriga is one of the main varieties in the Portuguese Vintage Ports. It has wonderful spicy red and black fruit flavours, with a medium to full bodied palate, and puts an interesting twist on Cabernet Sauvignon. Touriga is also known as Touriga Nacional.

    95 points | James Halliday 2018

    Technical Information

    Growing Season

    Vineyard: The Cabernet Sauvignon is from a single vineyard in Willyabrup, planted in the late 90's. It is on lateritic gravelly loam, with a gentle westerly aspect. The Touriga is from a small patch of vines in Yallingup, planted in the late 70's. It is a gnarly old patch of vines, high on the gravelly ridge overlooking Geographe Bay.

    The 2013 season: A dry, warm spring and summer followed by a harvest period of continued warmth. No real heat extremes, just a long mild summer and autumn. The season breaking rains came in late April, well after the grapes were harvested. 2013 is an absolute classic for red and white wines in Margaret River.

    The red wines are benchmark Margaret River - intense, focussed, dense and profound. These wines have an inherent sense of poise and balance at an early age, and will live for a very long time.

    Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Touriga.

    Wine Making

    The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand harvested on the 20th March; the Touriga on 3rd April . Both varieties were made separately, but in similar manners. Fermentation was in a few open 1 tonne fermenters, with thrice daily plunging. There was no temperature control.

    Following fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon wine remained on skins for two weeks, the Touriga 10 days. Mlf occurred during this period. The wine was subsequently pressed. Pressings wine was not separated. The wine was allowed to settle for 2 weeks, and then transferred to French oak barriques, 20% new. It remained in these barrels for 24 months.

    Following barrel maturation, the barrels were blended, fined with free range egg whites, and prepared for bottling. After bottling, the wine was then allowed to relax in bottle for a further 24 months prior to being made available for sale. This wine was released in August, 2017.

    This wine is 100% bottled under screw cap.
    Total production is 370 cases.

    Technical Analysis

    • Alcohol

      13.5% vol
    • Standard Drinks

      8.2
    • pH

      3.58
    • Acidity

      6.2g.lt
    • Residual Sugar

      < 0.5g.lt

    Cellaring Potential

    Now and over the next 16 years.

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Queen of the Earth

  • 2014 Queen of the Earth Chardonnay

    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.

    It has complex aromas of beurre bosc pears, stonefruit, brioche, nut-meal, hints of honeysuckle and creamy lees notes. The palate is dense, focussed and intense - perfectly aligning the fruit and oak. 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.

    96 points & Special Value - Halliday Wine Companion
    96 Points - Jane Faulkner

    Technical Information

    Growing Season

    Vineyard: The fifth crop from our home vineyard in Forest Grove. This 0.5 ha was planted in 2004, 1 year after buying the property. A subsequent 1.75 ha of vines was planted in 2008. Our vineyard backs in to the Boranup National Park, and is on a gravelly rise looking west to the Leeuwin Naturalist Limestone Ridge. The total crop was approximately 1.1 tonne.

    The 2013 season: A dry, warm spring and summer followed by a harvest period of continued warmth. A warmer than usual February, with surprisingly warm nights, brought the harvest forward by about 2 weeks compared to normal.. The season breaking rains came in mid/late April, well after the grapes were harvested. 2013 is yet another classic in Margaret River.

    The white wines are intense and focussed, with lifted aromatics and full of varietal expression.

    Wine Making

    These grapes were hand harvested on the 6th March, and whole fruit pressed to retain texture and delicacy. Fermentation was in French oak barriques, 50% of them new, 50% one year old. Following fermentation, mlf was allowed to start, and run through to completion. The wines stayed in these barrels for a total of 18 months, with occasional stirring to suspend the lees. This extended barrel residence time helps to integrate the higher proportion of new oak.

    The wine was minimally fined and filtered. Bottling was done manually with a four head gravity filler in my shed.

    The wine was then allowed to relax in bottle for a further 20 months prior to being made available for sale.

    Technical Analysis

    • Alcohol

      13.0% vol.
    • Standard Drinks

      7.5
    • pH

      3.37
    • Acidity

      6.7g.lt
    • Residual Sugar

      < 0.5g.lt

    Cellaring Potential

    Now and over the next 14 years.

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  • 2013 Queen of the Earth Cabernet Sauvignon

    Margaret River is Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Sauvignon is Margaret River. The Flowstone Queen of the Earth Cabernet Sauvignon is from one old growth vineyard in Wilyabrup.

    With aroma of blueberries, mulberries, spice, mocha, dark chocolate and cedar, it is a complex and engaging wine. The palate is red and blue fruits to start. The flavours build to a beautifully textural mid palate, supported by the spicy oak, and gently fade with finely honed tannins.

    Food ideas: Osso Buco, slow roast shoulder of lamb, venison with mushroom risotto.

    96 points & Special Value - Halliday Wine Companion
    94 points - Mike Bennie

    Technical Information

    Growing Season

    Vineyard: From one old vine, dry grown, vineyard in Willyabrup, planted in the late 70's. The vineyard is on a gravelly ridge with a view to the north - it looks untidy and dishevelled, but produces fantastic grapes.

    The 2012 season: A dry, warm spring and summer followed by a harvest period of continued warmth. No real heat extremes, just a long mild summer and autumn. The season breaking rains came in late April, well after the grapes were harvested. 2012 is an absolute classic for red and white wines in Margaret River.

    The red wines are benchmark Margaret River - intense, focussed, dense and profound. These wines have an inherent sense of poise and balance at an early age, and will live for a very long time. These are classic Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignons.

    Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Wine Making

    These grapes were hand harvested on the 23rd March – one batch only. Fermentation was in a few open 1 tonne fermenters, with thrice daily plunging. There was no temperature control. Following fermentation, the wine remained on skins for two and a half weeks. Mlf occurred during this period. The wine was subsequently pressed. Pressings wine was included. The wine was allowed to settle for 2 weeks, and then transferred to French oak thin stave barriques. It remained in these barrels for 3 years.
    Following barrel maturation, the barrels were blended, fined with free range egg whites, and prepared for bottling.

    Bottling was done manually on a four head gravity filler.
    After bottling, the wine was then allowed to relax in bottle for a further 15 months prior to being made available for sale.

    This wine was released in August, 2016.
    This wine is 100% bottled under screw cap.
    Total production of 92 cases.

    Technical Analysis

    • Alcohol

      14.0% vol.
    • Standard Drinks

      8.5
    • pH

      3.61
    • Acidity

      5.7g.lt
    • Residual Sugar

      < 0.5g.lt

    Cellaring Potential

    Now and over the next 12 years.

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