Exclusive UK Agents for Flowstone:
The Might of the Margaret River

Flowstone is the creation of Stuart Pym who has enjoyed a long and illustrious wine career spanning some 30 years. I first came across Stuart’s wines when he founded Suckfizzle in 1996 and then Stella Bella in 1999. In 2013 he handed over the Stella Bella winemaking reins and moved to flowstone in a permanent capacity and we’ve been tracking down him and his wines ever since.

"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."

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.

Stuart has a deep understanding of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which and personally, are his best wines. His craftsmanship is clearly displayed in each and every vintage with all varietals nodding firmly to their French counterpart.

His Chardonnay’s sit shoulder to shoulder with great Burgundies, his oak aged Sauvignon Blancs are textural, nervy and are simply incredible with 4-5 years bottle age. James Halliday aptly describes Stuart’s Sauvignon Blancs as “A salute to the late Didier Dagueneau” which is some tribute...

His Cabernet Sauvignon is handpicked from a dry grown vineyard in Wilyabrup, which was planted in the late 1970’s and all enjoy expensive French oak treatment. These wines are precise and elegant but do require 5 to 10 years to unlock their true potential.

Respectfully to those Francophile’s who recoil from Australian wines, in short, Flowstone wines are very special indeed and it would be such a shame for you miss out.

Sadly, quantities are strictly limited, which is the direct result of the size of Stuart’s individual plots and his obsession with perfection. The maximum produced to date is a miserly 430 cases for his 2015 Sauvignon Blanc to a microscopic 75 cases for his 2009 Queen of the Earth Chardonnay. We desperately wanted to offer some of Stuart’s older wines, which he kindly agreed to. Given the above, we have prepared several mixed-museum cases (1 x bottle of each vintage) which is a wonderful way to personally witness how these great wines develop with age. Moreover, many of these wines are unavailable in the world market.

 
 
 

2015 Flowstone Sauvignon Blanc

430 cases produced
95 Points - James Halliday

Fruit off a Karridale single vineyard, the whole-berries pressed to old barriques and a (600l) demi-muid for 11 months with lees stirring. From that a wine that is palate-focused and free of the nervy pressures of immediacy has been created, says winemaker Stuart Pym. This is intensely flavoured, high-toned and complex: imagine crushed gravel, Chinese tea-smoke, and lemon verbena with crackling acidity yet texture galore.

£20.95 per bottle

 

Flowstone Museum Vertical Sauvignon Blanc

All scores by James Halliday
Includes 1 bottle of the following:

Flowstone Sauvignon Blanc 2015  95 Points

Flowstone Sauvignon Blanc 2014  97 Points

Flowstone Sauvignon Blanc 2013  96 Points

Flowstone Sauvignon Blanc 2012  97 Points

Flowstone Sauvignon Blanc 2011  97 Points

£120.95 per case of 5

 
 

2013 Flowstone Chardonnay

320 cases produced
96 Points - James Halliday

From a single vineyard in Karridale, hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, fermented in French oak (20% new), mlf, matured for in oak for 11 months, plus 30 months in bottle. Karridale is in the southernmost (coolest) part of the Margaret River, but the youth of this wine is nonetheless amazing - as it has been in prior vintages. No single fruit flavour dominates, nor is the oak particularly obvious, it’s just a very good chardonnay.

£23.95 per bottle

 

Flowstone Museum Vertical Chardonnay

All scores by James Halliday
Includes 1 bottle of the following:

Flowstone Chardonnay 2013  96 Points

Flowstone Chardonnay 2012  94 Points

Flowstone Chardonnay 2011  96 Points

Flowstone Chardonnay 2010  96 Points

£93.80 per case of 4

 
 

2014 Flowstone Queen of the Earth Chardonnay

93 cases produced
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… 

£31.95 per bottle

 

Flowstone Museum Vertical
Queen of the Earth Chardonnay

All scores by James Halliday
Includes 1 bottle of the following:

Flowstone Chardonnay 2014  96 Points

Flowstone Chardonnay 2013  97 Points

Flowstone Chardonnay 2012  96 Points

Flowstone Chardonnay 2011  97 Points

Flowstone Chardonnay 2009  97 Points
 

£167.75 per case of 5

 

Flowstone Cabernet
Sauvignon Touriga

2009

95 Points - James Halliday

The cabernet comes from a 25-year-old vineyard in Wilyabrup, the touriga from a 35-year-old patch of vines in Yallingup. The parcels were separately open-fermented, and thereafter spent two years in French oak (20% new); once blended and bottled, the wine was held for 2 years prior to release. Some colour development; a super-elegant, medium-bodied wine, with supple blackcurrant/black cherry flavours, fine-grained tannins and great length. 250 dozen made.

£24.95 per bottle

2010

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.

£24.95 per bottle

 

2011

95 Points - James Halliday

A 70/30% blend separately made, but using similar steps: open-fermented in 1-tonne pots, cabernet 14 days post-fermentation maceration, touriga 11 days, pressed to French barriques (20% new) for 24 months, blended with a further 2 years in bottle, 350 dozen made. This is left field, but irresistible with its array of cedar, spice and cassis in utter harmony, each flattering the other.

£24.95 per bottle

2012

James Halliday

70/30%, fermented separately in open-fermenters, the cabernet remaining on skins for 17 days, the touriga for 9 days, matured in French oak (20% new) for 24 months, plus a further 24 months bottle age. Stuart Pym has got his teeth into this bone, and isn't about to let go. It's got flavour, texture, structure, a point of difference - what it doesn't have is the finesse or logic of his other wines.

£21.95 per bottle

 

Flowstone Queen of the Earth
Cabernet Sauvignon

2010

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.

£41.95 per bottle

2012

97 Points - James Halliday

From a dry-grown Wilyabrup vineyard planted late '70s, hand-picked, open-fermented, 17 days on skins, matured in used French oak for 3 years. Excellent colour; a suave Margaret River cabernet with all its bolshie cabernet tannins now in the role they will play long term; the bouquet has some elusive violets, the mouthfeel and overall structure picture perfect, the flavours of cassis and bay leaf enough to melt a pinot lover's heart.

£41.95 per bottle

2013

96 Points - James Halliday

From a dry grown vineyard in Wilyabrup, planted in the late '70s. Hand-picked, open fermented for 17 days then heads to French oak barriques for 3 years, and once bottled allowed to relax for 15 months. What a wine. Complex yet refined with florals, cassis and warm earth, full-bodied but long and pure with svelte tannins. Only 92 dozen made.

£41.95 per bottle

 

Also available in magnums

2012

£88.95 per magnum
Only 4 in stock

2013

£83.90 per magnum
Only 5 in stock