Flametree

Flametree Wines is an established Margaret River producer that gained early acclaim by winning the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for its first ever red wine. In recent years, Flametree has forged a well-earned reputation as one of the region’s top chardonnay producers, under the direction of renowned winemaker, Cliff Royle. With more than twenty Margaret River vintages under his belt, Cliff has championed the concept of Margaret River through his SRS releases, sourcing Flametree fruit from locales that deliver consistently when it comes to specific varieties and flavour profiles. This selective approach has resulted in wines that reflect the very best of Margaret River: wines of great intensity, perfume and structure.

Margaret River, WA
AUSTRALIA
AVERAGE TEMP:
13.0 °C to 20.4 °C
33.9509° S
115.0738° E

Embers Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Embers Pinot Grigio
Embers Chardonnay
Embers Rosé
Embers Cabernet Sauvignon
Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Rosé (Pinot Noir)
Margaret River Shiraz
Chardonnay
Cabernet Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon
SRS Chardonnay
SRS Syrah
SRS Cabernet Sauvignon

Cliff Royle

After completing a Business Degree and working for several years in wine retail, Cliff Royle decided to go back to university to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science (Viticulture & Winemaking) at Charles Sturt University NSW and set his sights on a career in winemaking. With over two decades of winemaking experience under his belt, Cliff brings an intimate knowledge of Margaret River winemaking to his role. Prior to Flametree, he was Chief Winemaker at Voyager Estate in Margaret River, where he was responsible for winery operations over a ten-year period that saw the winery more than double in size. Under his leadership, Voyager Estate received numerous accolades, both at home and overseas.

In terms of personal recognition, Cliff was awarded Winemaker of the Year by Winestate Magazine in 2003 and was a finalist in Gourmet Traveller’s Winemaker of the Year in 2005. Cliff has also been active in wine judging across the country; including Senior Judge at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show and Royal Perth Wine Show over a number of years, as well as judging three years of the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge. Additionally, he’s played a pivotal role in kick-starting the Margaret River Wine Show and has been a committee member since the show’s inception.

Naturally, Cliff is very passionate about making wines in Margaret River; “I think Margaret River is without a doubt the number one premium wine region in the country and consistently produces benchmark wines made from the classic grape varieties of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. When he’s not making wine, Cliff enjoys travelling within his other favourite wine regions – Barolo, Burgundy and Champagne (four visits each thus far) – as well a hiking up and down Margaret River’s stunning coastline on the Cape to Cape Track.

2017 Flametree Margaret River Shiraz – 95 Points James Halliday
2017 Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 Points James Halliday
2020 Flametree Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – 94 Points James Halliday
2019 Flametree Chardonnay – 95 Points Huon Hooke
2018 Flametree SRS Chardonnay – 95 Points Huon Hooke
2018 Flametree SRS Syrah – 96 Points James Halliday
2018 Flametree SRS Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 Points James Halliday