Flametree Margaret River – Cabernet Merlot
Firm but fleshy. You can tuck into it now or tuck it away for ‘ron. Blackcurrant, bay leaves, mulberry and undergrowthy/tobacco-like notes. It builds a good head of steam without overdoing it, and then finishes the job admirably through the finish. A picture of composure.
Flametree, owned by the Towner family (John, Liz, Rob and Annie), has had extraordinary success since its first vintage in 2007. The usual practice of planting a vineyard and then finding someone to make the wine was turned on its head: a state-of-the-art winery was built, and grape purchase agreements signed with growers in the region. Gold medal after gold medal and trophy after trophy followed, topped by the winning of the Jimmy Watson Trophy with its first red wine, the 2007 Cabernet Merlot. If all this were not enough, Flametree has since secured the services of former long-serving winemaker at Voyager Estate, Cliff Royle.