Cliff Royle Flame­tree Wines Mar­garet River, WA

Halliday - - Chardonnay -

I think Aus­tralian chardon­nay is in a re­ally nice place at the mo­ment. Wine­mak­ers have been more cre­ative with sul­phides in chardon­nay, and stalks in shi­raz and pinot. The wines are far more savoury, there is less fo­cus on pri­mary fruits and there­fore they are more in­ter­est­ing. When we were con­fronted by the ABC club, it was a great wake-up call for all wine­mak­ers. I re­mem­ber think­ing it was a strong mes­sage we were be­ing sent, but was un­wooded chardon­nay the an­swer?

No, it wasn’t. The great­est white grape va­ri­ety in the world just needed to be treated with more re­spect and, as wine­mak­ers, we needed to stop be­ing so one-di­men­sional.

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