2015 Queen of the Earth Chardonnay – sold out!! Sorry.
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.
special pre-release availability for on line sales and members.
Official release date 01/08/2018
97 points - James Halliday
96 points - Ray Jordan...you'll see something different every time you go back for a sip. Mighty good.
93 points - Decanter
Vineyard: The lucky seventh 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 of Chardonnay was 1.12tonne.
The 2015 season: The ninth consecutive great season for Margaret River. Following a very wet winter, spring was mild, and the rains dried up as summer began. 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. Flavours could develop evenly, and there was no threat of disease.
The resultant white whites have strong varietal characters, without any cooked notes. The wines have retained a delicacy while still having plenty of flavour.
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.
Total production - 88 cases.
Residual Sugar< 0.5g.lt