The 2018 shows good freshness of fruit together with some savoury notes from the solids and wild ferment. Classic grapefruit, white peach and dried pear fruits give way to barrel ferment and sulphide complexities. These sulphides contribute a lovely savoury oyster shell or saline character, giving the wine greater complexity and overall purity.
3 Gold Medals Royal Melbourne Wine Awards '19, Royal Adelaide Wine Show '19 + James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge '19
Consistency of Excellence Medal Royal Melbourne Wine Awards '19
"Barrel fermented in 40% new French oak puncheons, the 2018 SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay repeats the success of previous vintages. A bit of almond-skin toastiness appears on the nose, along with delicate citrus notes. This medium to full-bodied wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts and shows great complexity, combining varied citrus notes with hints of toasted grain and nuts, but also a remarkable, silky texture and a finish of finely crushed stone. It should drink well for up to a decade." 94pts - Wine Advocate, Jan '20
95 points, 100 Top New Releases "This is Flametree's big gun in chardonnay, an impressive wine with the full textbook of winemaking tricks thrown at it. It's very complex, the bouquet laced with smoky sulfides of the struck-flint variety. Grapefruit runs throughout the wine and it's restrained, lively, intense." Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Dec '19/Jan '20