Flowstone is the creation of Stuart Pym who has enjoyed a long and illustrious wine career spanning some 30 years – he also founded Suckfizzle in 1996 and then Stella Bella in 1999. Stuart is a perfectionist and his attention to detail is quite extraordinary, resulting in perhaps the best wine(s) made in Margaret River today. Accolades have come in thick and fast including the prodigious winner of James Halliday’s Best New Winery, 2015 and of course, receiving 97 points for his 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, which is the highest score achieved for this varietal.
95 Points - James Halliday
75/25%, the shiraz crushed and destemmed for open fermentation, the grenache whole bunch and foot-stomped for 3 weeks, thence to barrel, the shiraz was pressed mid-ferment to barrel to complete its fermentation and 7 months' maturation. Has an utterly enticing array of berry flavours, spices and wild herbs, the latter helping to lift and cleanse the palate.
98 Points - Stuart McCloskey
A wonderful and super-expressive Chardonnay which possesses staggering depth and richness, yet remarkably light on its feet. The palate is expansive and builds with a little aeration (I highly recommend a decanting for 20-30 minutes). Stuart Pym’s natural touch with his wines is clearly evident – I love the interplay and perfect balance between the fruit, oak, and acidity. Lots of energy on display which will no doubt help with its long and glorious evolution in the bottle. This will bring much, much joy to those who prefer their Margaret River Chardonnay’s with a little more substance and character (rather than the linear style which seems todays fashion). For me, this is as good as virtually any Chardonnay from anywhere and will be a spectacular bottle in another 6-8 years. Best served in Zalto’s Bordeaux glass…
97 Points - James Halliday
Bright, clear crimson; this is right up there with the best of the best from a great Tasmanian vintage, sharing the alluring, perfumed fruits and the integrity of high quality tannins proficing the structure for a long future. There is a purity to the red and black cherry/berry fruits that shines through the portals of the savoury/spicy tannins. A luminous future will richly repay those who are patient.
Silver Medal – 2017 Wine Show of Western Australia
The blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon is one of the classic Margaret River wine styles. The Sauvignon Blanc in this wine displays tropical fruit and citrus aromas which are complemented by the grassy nuances of Semillon. On the palate, the wine is fresh and vibrant showing passion fruit characters with a lingering crisp finish.
98 Points - James Halliday
A blend of cabernet sauvignon (dominant), merlot, malbec and petit verdot. Fabulous colour, deep crimson; the bouquet is so intense it sets the antennae waving furiously. The palate is an essay. Sheer, unadulterated power; the four components have bonded so symbiotically and synergistically with each other, and the 100% new French oak, it will be a decade at the very least before the wine opens up to display the intricacy of its inner workings. When it does, this wine may emerge as the greatest of the vintage.
98+ Points - Stuart McCloskey
96 Points - James Halliday
The cabernet comes from a 25yo vineyard in Wilyabrup, the touriga from a 35-year-old patch of vines in Yallingup. The parcels were separately open-fermented, and thereafter spent 2 years in French oak (20% new); once blended and bottled, the wine was held for 2 years prior to release. While the Queen of the Earth Cabernet Sauvignon makes no secret of its autocratic provenance, this is an immediately and unequivocally joyous blend of cassis and small red fruits, its tannins fine and soft.
95 Points - James Halliday
From a single dry-grown vineyard in Wilyabrup planted in the late ?70s; hand-picked, open-fermented and macerated for 3 weeks thereafter; pressed to new French barriques and left there for 3 years; 85 dozen made. The result is a wine that nods to the Right Bank of Bordeaux, with foresty/savoury notes at ease with the autocratic black fruits of cabernet.
The wine has an amazing smoothness and calmness that stretches the length of the palate, surrounded with textured fruit and mineral elements. We have been playing with the fruit from these vineyards for more than 8 years, fine tuning the style of wine that these vineyards are producing. What a result once it all came together... By Farr Team