Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling 2016

$40.00

Riesling wines from the Frankland River region are renowned for their intense varietal flavours and crisp fresh acidity. The Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling is consistently ranked among the best in Australia and has won widespread critical acclaim.

Description

Perhaps one of the most isolated vineyard sites in the world it seemed only fitting that we called our vineyard site “Isolation Ridge Vineyard”. This range of single vineyard, organically grown wines reflects the uncompromising passion and devotion we have to making unique wines that reflect a true sense of place.

Riesling wines from the Frankland River region are renowned for their intense varietal flavours and crisp fresh acidity.

The Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling is consistently ranked among the best in Australia and has won widespread critical acclaim.

We believe riesling produces the world’s greatest white wines and have made a major commitment to the variety. This is reflected in our sponsorship of the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting, a biennial comparative tasting of the world’s greatest dry rieslings, and the Frankland Estate Riesling Scholarship, an annual award to a member of the hospitality or wine industry who has contributed to greater appreciation and enjoyment of riesling wines.

Tasting Notes

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Additional information

Variety

Region

Vintage

2014 – A very dry spring and early summer was followed by a typically mild Frankland River growing season. Harvested in mid to late March the fruit was in clean and ideal condition.

Colour

Straw

Nose

Complex and highly perfumed with alluring lime blossom, delicate flavours of spice, green apple and ironstone mineral undertones.

Palate

Starting focused and very directional, the palate fills with intense tightly interwoven citrus-lemon flavours and vibrant lime-infused acidity complemented by silky-textures. Remarkable power and intensity are balanced by a fragile delicacy and lightness of touch that persists through the long refreshing finish of this distinguished riesling.

Assessment

Consistent with the now well-established Isolation Ridge style this wine reflects both the low-yielding, dry growing conditions experienced in the 2014 vintage. The balance of pristine fruit flavours and laser-like acidity result in an exceptional wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared with the confidence it will continue to develop further complexity for many years to come.

Vinification

Grapes are pressed immediately on arrival at the winery with the juice left to settle in tank over night before being racked. The wine was then fermented in tanks and (neutral) oak at low temperatures (less than 14 deg C) over 12 weeks with minimal intervention from our winemakers in order to obtain the purest expression of the pristine, organically grown fruit from the Isolation Ridge vineyard.

1 review for Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling 2016

  1. 96 pts

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion/h3>

    2018 Edition

    Vintage: 2016

    “All the hallmarks of this site are at play with camomile and blossom, the lightness of touch on the palate with its citrus notes, some concentration and texture yet the steely freshness and acidity so pure it creates an ultra-fine and long finish.”


    93 pts

    Jamie Goode, http://www.wineanorak.com

    June 2017

    Vintage: 2016

    “Beautifully aromatic, floral nose with delicate citrus fruits. The palate is light, balanced and deliciously fruity with a juicy, mineral character. Lovely purity and elegance to this wine.”


    95 pts

    Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide

    2017 Edition

    Vintage: 2015

    “Another thrilling example of Frankland’s great Riesling from this outstanding vineyard. Crunchy vibrant and so lively. Dances across the tongue with lemon zest and a lift of wet, slaty minerality. Very long and clean in the mouth. Great drinking now but with plenty of cellaring potential.”


    95 pts

    Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine

    October-November 2016 Edition

    Vintage: 2015

    “This superb wine has a light straw hue and a mineral, lightly herbal, citrusy aroma which builds as it airs. The taste is soft and open-knit with the citrus, herbal, floral flavours enhanced by subtle sweetness. Seamless acidity with great line and length.”


    97 pts

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

    2017 Edition

    Vintage: 2015

    “Detailed is the single-word essence of Isolation Ridge Riesling, with its citrus and wild flower blossom aromas and its compelling, perfectly balanced, ballarina-light imprint on the mouth. Is its own style.”


    95 pts

    Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age

    June 2016

    Vintage: 2015

    “Outstanding young southern WA Riesling. Lime zest, white peach, talc, spice and leesy complexities meet the
    nose. The palate has concentration and richness, counterpointed by tingly, dry acidity.”


    Winsor Dobbin, Ciao Magazine

    May 2016

    Vintage: 2015

    “The Great Southern Region of Western Australia is emerging as a producer of wonderfully intense and steely dry rieslings, with family-owned organic producer Frankland Estate leading the charge with a range of outstanding offerings. This one sits right in the middle price-wise, made from fruit grown on ironstone and blessed with a tell-tale minerality/flinty backbone. There is a lot going on here; great length and cellaring potential. Lovely stuff.”


    95 pts

    Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review

    April 2016

    Vintage: 2015

    “The Isolation Ridge vineyard is low yielding and its dry-grown vines sit on ironstone rock. There’s incredible
    purity and length on show here, with minerals and floral, zesty lime on the nose. It’s zippy in the mouth, with the key features being a zesty lime cordial flavour and vibrant mineral acidity.”


    94+ pts

    Mike Bennie, Wine Front

    February 16 2016

    Vintage: 2015

    “Steel, pot pourri, citrus peel, citrus peel, citrus juice scents and a dash of savoury spice. Glorious acidity feels like a light line of citrussy tang in pools of succulent, appley fruit. Overall, the wine is trim and taut in the palate but feels like it softens and becomes supple through the finish. Amazing texture really, inviting, yet structured. This really drives home the prestige of this wine.”


    16.5/20 pts

    Julia Harding MW, http://www.jancisrobinson.com

    January 2017

    Vintage: 2014

    “Much more interesting aroma…thanks to a bit of bottle age. Plenty of lemon and lime still but also the very beginning of a kerosene-like note, definitely more mineral. All this is reflected on the palate, where there is a distinctive, almost chalky, texture. Dry tasting though I suspect there are a few grams of RS to balance the crisp acidity.”


    Ch’Ng Poh Tiong, The Wine Review

    September 2016

    Vintage: 2014

    “Light straw. The fruit is very lemony, eager Granny Smith apples, small white flowers, complete with a mineral aspect. Ultra uber fresh. The intensity of fruit is very compact. The wine is still tight and has great promise and potential for aging…”


    97 pts

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

    2016 Edition

    Vintage: 2014

    “Light straw-green; an exceptionally scented, blossom-filled bouquet, including wild flowers as well as citrus and apple; a very intense and sculptured palate, with squeaky acidity running throughout. Likely to have a very low pH, and has a commensurately long palate.”


    Winsor Dobbin, Nourish Magazine

    July/August 2015

    Vintage: 2014

    “Frankland River is the coolest and most isolated wine-growing region in Western Australia and producers some of the most stunning rieslings available in Australia. This is crisp and fresh with citrus fruit notes to the fore, pristine and minerally, with a brisk acid finish. The fruit comes from a single vineyard surrounding the winery that is farmed using organic principles. This would be superb paired with spicy Asian stir-fries.”


    92 pts

    Wine Genius, http://www.winegenius.com

    August 24 2015

    Vintage: 2014

    “Always an intriguing wine, Isolation Ridge usually has a beautiful acid line running through it with a richness and texture that provide overall great mouth feel. In the 2014, aromas of cut citrus and green apple are plentiful and there is just enough hint of kerosene towards the end to add a layer of complexity.”


    5/5

    Tony Love, Sunday Times (Perth)

    June 14 2015

    Vintage: 2014

    “The most famous of the Frankland Estate line and celebrated as one of Australia’s greats, this has a delicate floral attraction to begin, the citrus fruit capture very stylized and sophisticated through the palate with its expected highlight lime and lemon teasing then exploding in the finish. Amazing.”


    97 pts

    Nick Stock, http://www.jamessuckling.com

    February 5 2015

    Vintage: 2014

    “A wine that has now become so consistently great, it is a liquid tribute to the dedication of the Cullam family, to their vineyard and winemaking; this 2014 is no exception. The nose is reminiscent of lime juice on crushed rocks and for a riesling lover that is basically aromatic nirvana – there are some gentle florals and a spicy edge too. The palate has deep-set power and striking purity; it draws deep and then fires like an arrow in a straight lime-drenched line of tangy citrus flavor, holding long, nailing the target. Exhilarating now, this will age for more than a decade without raising a sweat.”


    18.5/20 pts

    John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly

    20 January 2015

    Vintage: 2014

    “The Great Southern is home to a significant and growing proportion of Australia’s finest rieslings. In that company, Frankland Estate’s 2002 and 2011 vintage Isolation Ridge Rieslings are amongst the region’s finest – and the just released 2014 vintage is equally exciting and an even better wine. Despite being ripe and full flavoured, this release has a praiseworthy 11.7% alcohol and a lively, tingling and lime inspired crisp edge that will see it develop wonderfully over 20+ years. Despite the inclusion of a touch of the wood aged ‘Smith Cullam’ riesling (off a tiny old vine block) for complexity, this wine has a delicious and youthful verve and vibrancy. Frankland Estate’s most highly rated rieslings have been amongst Australia’s best – and now this 2014 Isolation Ridge is their finest ever.”


    94+ pts

    Philip White, Drinkster Blog

    January 8 2015

    Vintage: 2014

    “This is the sort of wine whose aroma just floods up out of the glass and spills all over the table. It’s baby-fleshy and peachy as much as limy. Maybe even rosy, like turkish delight. And it reminds me of very fresh soft nougat. It smells real good. Wholesome, smooth and healthy. It has a little dusty prickle, like its vineyard in summer. But otherwise, it’s all oozy comfort in the fragrance division. For a wine of such little alcohol, the texture is heavy; weighty in the mouth, like cool molten gold. It’s not all raw metallic acid. There’s plenty of acid there, mind you: authoritative and forceful. But in all that flesh and rich weight, such edge seems to fit. It’s beautiful wine which will cellar like King Tut. In the meantime, it makes me want a bucket of fresh Coffin Bay oysters. Like now.

    Frankland Estate was the first Australian winery I encountered which had bothered to import proper cylindrical oak cuves from Alsace, which they spent years curing with neutral wine before they trusted with their best Riesling. I suspect this wine has a touch of that business. But there’s not a trace of wood.”


    Fergus McGhie, goodfood.com.au

    December 15 2014

    Vintage: 2014

    “This has to be one of my all time favourite rieslings. Year in, year out, even taking into account variations in vintage, the crew at Frankland Estate manage to put together one of the best rieslings in the country. There are three in the range, all single vineyard wines but my preference is usually for the Isolation Ridge vineyard riesling.

    Great riesling should be about purity. It’s an amazing variety; unlike many others you can taste its distinctive characters in the vineyard well before the wine is made. It’s the winemaker’s job to just gently coerce the fruit through the ferment to the finished wine without ruining the flavours and aromas that the vineyard created.

    This is exactly what the winemakers at Frankland Estate do. This latest vintage of their Isolation Ridge riesling is simply sublime. Potent lime and musk aromatics leap from the glass: this is a gorgeous, pretty riesling with amazing clarity and line. The palate is pure and crisp, dry to finish with more of the aforementioned lime and musk to follow. It’s the perfect summer wine either on its own or with delicate dishes, one of those wines you could drink all day every day if given the chance.”


    96 pts

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

    2015

    Vintage: 2013

    “Quite sensational. Flesh, cut, drive, finish. Feels, tastes and is good. Lime, pear, gunmetal and mineral. Dry. Thrilling length.”


    92 pts

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    August 2014

    Vintage: 2013

    “The 2013 Isolation Ridge Riesling opens with notes of freshly squeezed limes, orange blossoms and clover honey marked by hints of crushed stones and coriander seed. Light-bodied, dry and showing a great backbone of racy acidity, it finishes long and zesty. Drink it now to 2023+.”


    94 pts

    Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself

    July 3 2014

    Vintage: 2013

    “The most famous of the Frankland Estate Rieslings and one of the better known Great Southern examples of the variety full stop…”


    95 pts

    Huon Hooke, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine

    July 1 2014

    Vintage: 2013

    “A bright, crystalline and delicately intense wine with lively acidity giving a rapier-like finish. Shy herb and lemon juice aromas. It’s a baby and will age superbly, but is great now with fish.”


    96 pts

    Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly

    March 21 2014

    Vintage: 2013

    “Isolation Ridge is Western Australia’s finest riesling, and 2013 is one of its greatest vintages yet, a wine of crystalline purity and scintillating minerality. Breathtakingly pristine aromas of lime drops, lime blossom and granny smith apples introduce a palate of impressive lime and green apple fruit concentration. It’s light on its feet yet confidently poised, framed in achingly delicate structure of fine, mineral mouth feel. The finish lingers long and lively with beautifully fragrant lift.”


    95 pts

    Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com

    February 23 2014

    Vintage: 2013

    “Bright, pristine, undeveloped herbal and lemon juice aromas. The taste is fresh and light, crisp and young, and just a little straightforward at this stage, but it will age and build superbly. Lean, tangy, and intense. Clean citrus flavours; very pure. Lively acidity; clean finish. It’s a baby and needs time.”


    17/20

    The World of Fine Wine – Stephen Brook

    Issue 44, 2014

    Vintage: 2012

    “Delicate lime nose; has discretion and charm, Very tight attack, good acidity keeps it taut, still very youthful. It’s a bit too unyielding and tightly wound, but at the same time it’s classy and balanced, with a lingering aftertaste. There’s not much weight here, but it has finesse and intensity and is packed with flavour. Quite good length.”


    Sunday Morning Herald – Jane Faulkner

    February 9 2013

    Vintage: 2012

    “There’s always much excitment when Frankland Estate releases its rieslings, particularly the single-vineyard wines. The 2012 Isolation Ridge vineyard is gloriously pure, minerally and almost steely, but not harsh because it’s quite subtle for a young riesling. Yet it’s very focused and precise, with plenty of floral and citrus aromatics, and the palate is succulent, with lovely fine acidity that drives to a persistent, long finish. It will age easily for a decade, although it’s marvellous now, with or without chargrilled prawns.”


    Max Allen – Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine

    February 1 2013

    Vintage: 2012

    “I always look forward to Frankland Estate’s single vineyard rieslings. Although I love the individuality expressed in the others – the floral perfume of the 2012 Netley Road Vineyard, the intense, steely austerity of the 2012 Poison Hill – and think both will also age superbly well, I can’t go past the tightly wound complexity and sheer deliciousness of the Isolation Ridge. It’s hard to resist drinking it right now, too, even though cellaring will increase that complexity further.”


    94 pts

    Ray Jordan – The Weekend West

    April 13/14 2013

    Vintage: 2012

    “A lightly aromatic, delicate riesling from this famous vineyard. There is a precision in the palate as it spears to a long finish. The balance of fine acid and fruit is excellent. It has an extraordinary intensity and purity which carries all the way through the palate. Lovely example of the style.”


    4.5

    John Lewis – Newcastle Herald

    April 13 2013

    Vintage: 2012

    “As this and the $45 SmithCullam Riesling I reviewed on March 2 testify, Western Australia’s Frankland River area produces very fine rieslings. The 2012 Isolation Ridge is green tinted straw and has orange blossom scents. Crisp green apple flavour comes through on the front palate, lime, dill and spice characters chime in on the middle palate and the finish has steely acid.”


    92 pts

    Huon Hook – Cellartalk – Sydney Morning Herald

    April 9 2013

    Vintage: 2012

    “The most powerful of Frankland Estate’s rieslings is generous with volume, length and penetrating fruit and acidity. The aromas are of citrus blossoms, with a tinge of orange. Impressive with potential to age and develop in the cellar.
    Best: 2014 to 2022
    Food: Smoked trout pate”


    93 pts

    Wine Review Online (USA) – Michael Franz

    August 6 2013

    Vintage: 2012

    “Frankland Estate makes world-class Rieslings that generously repay ageing. This striking wine from the Isolation Ridge Vineyard is uncompromisingly dry and rather austere at this early stage in its development, showing subtle floral aromas and intense citrus flavours that are energized by very intense, driving acidity. Its general profile is marked almost entirely by this linear drive, rather than sensory breadth or depth, though past vintages demonstrate that both of those characteristics will develop with time. You’d likely find this to be a terrific match with freshly shucked oysters of a briny variety, but this is really best laid down for at least a few years or as many as 10 to 15…”


    92 pts

    Wine Enthusiast – Joe Czerwinski

    September 2013

    Vintage: 2012

    “An austere riesling in the traditional Australian style, the 2012 Isolation Ridge Riesling appears destined to have a long life. Penetrating lime aromas lead into a palate that’s high-strung and tight, but lined with mouthwatering fruit. An electric vibrancy of citrus and wet stones lingers on the finish.”


    96 pts

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    2014

    Vintage: 2012

    “Bright straw-green; as ever, a distinguished riesling with its interwoven displays of lime, apple and mineral that opens on the bouquet and expands along the length of the palate and its long, lazily uncoiling aftertaste.”


    18.2 pts

    John Jens Western Suburbs Weekly

    January 1 2012

    Vintage: 2011

    “With the possible exception of the 2002 release, this is the best riesling under this label to date. While it would be marvelous with food this summer, it is round, dry, upfront and long and the fruit quality illustrates the Great Southerns international potential with this variety. This will improve and drink at its best from 2015 to 2030+ Lovely and lively now, this will relax to be amongst Australias finest drinking whites by 2013.”


    94 pts

    James Halliday Australian Wine Companion eNews

    January 9 2012

    Vintage: 2011

    “Pale straw-green; it has a shy, floral bouquet with hints of spice and apple, then a beautifully structured, supremely delicate, palate; unfolds on the finish and aftertaste with mouthwatering, citrussy acidity.”


    93pts

    Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine – Huon Hooke

    May 1 2012

    Vintage: 2011

    “Intense, vibrant riesling with nettle, yeast and lemon aromas, quite concentrated fruit with a slight impression of sweetness followed by a little grip on the dry finish. Juicy, tangy, intense; an excellent and high-impact wine.”


    Dr Craig Drummond – On the Grapevine

    December 2011

    Vintage: 2011

    “It showed the typical regional lemon citrus characters, with a spicy nose and river pebble minerality on the palate. The vibrant fresh fruit shows nice purity, with a linear focus and a racy clean acid finish. Having just been released, I feel a couple of months in bottle are needed to soften the edges on this wine, which will gain complexity and drink well up to 10 years.”


    Mens Health

    June 2012

    Vintage: 2011

    “Tight, crisp acid supports the lime and subtle orange blossom flavours and aromas. One of my favourite desert island wines.”


    Mike Bennie The Wine Front

    May 25 2012

    Vintage: 2011

    “Salty, soapy aromas. Talc, tangy little number, citrus driven with lime leaf and thai spice lifting. Has some richness, just edges of it, in the palate with slick yet tangy, tightly wound feel. Steely, linear, pure, tight -intense, complex. A little jagged with acidity and sour, but pretty refreshing in style and supple to close.”


    Selector Magazine Fine and Dry Riesling Tasting – Top 20

    Spring 2012

    Vintage: 2011

    “Lemon straw colour with green tints and a pristine lemon lime lift on the nose. A vibrant, zesty fruit core with excellent balance and terrific line and length. The pure fruit and tight character suggest this Western Australian wine has been very carefully made.”


    94 pts

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2013

    Vintage: 2011

    “Pale straw-green; it has a shy, floral bouquet with hints of spice and apple, than a beautifully structured, supremely delicate, palate; unfolds on the finish and aftertaste with mouthwatering, citrussy acidity.”


    94/100

    The West Australia Wine Guide – Ray Jordan

    2013 Edition

    Vintage: 2011

    “Another superb Riesling from these guys. Minerally bath salts and lime on the nose. The palate is fine and delicate but with persistence and length. The soft fine acid is a feature which sustains the finish perfectly. One of a number of individual Rieslings from Frankland Estate”


    96 pts

    Jeremy Oliver’s The Australian Wine Annual

    2013 Edition

    Vintage: 2011

    “Beautifully measured and presented, this faintly off-dry riesling marries freshness, brightness and intensity with length and mouth feel. Its faintly mineral perfume of pear, apple and lime opens with a scent of white flowers. Long and creamy, with juicy fruit underpinned by a fine chalkiness and brought into focus by a finely balanced acidity, it finishes with a lingering impression of fruit, texture and balance.”


    91 pts

    http://www.eRobertParker.com – Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    August 2012

    Vintage: 2011

    “The 2011 Isolation Ridge Riesling gives intense notes of lime juice, wet stones and jasmine with hints of pineapple and yuzu zest. Crisp, light-bodied, dry and with a wonderful concentration of citrus and mineral flavours, it finishes long. Still very tight and youthful, consider drinking this one from to 2014 to 2022+.”


    Jane Faulkner – The Age Special Edition Summer Age Food and WIne

    December 17-18 2010

    Vintage: 2010

    “THERE IS something so alluring about Frankland Estates rieslings, it makes several single vineyard wines, with the Isolation Ridge always very pure and precise. There is nothing harsh about the 2010, it is superbly balanced with chalky soft acidity and spicy, delicate floral notes, particularly lime blossom with some citrus juiciness on the palate. Very pretty and approachable now although it will continue to evolve over the next five years.”


    95pts

    Tyson Stelzer – Wine 100

    March/April 2011

    Vintage: 2010

    “Palate is reticent at first, building slowly with determination. The vineyard generosity kicks in, showing great concentration of zesty citrus and crunchy green apples, rippling with minerality that dissolves in a long, crystalline finish.”


    95 pts

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    2012

    Vintage: 2010

    “A touch of reduction on opening, giving way to crystalline minerality, fresh cut lemon and talc; dry and uncompromising laser-like acidity provides great energy, drive and length; purity is the key, with the hallmarks evident of another classic Isolation Ridge.”


    95 pts

    Jeremy Oliver – The Australian WIne Annual

    2012

    Vintage: 2010

    “Long, elegant and austere, with drive, minerality and a sculpted, steely austerity. A penetrative mineral fragrance of lime juice, lavender and white flowers reveals earthy undertones. Backed by a fine, powdery undercarriage, its crystalline flavours of lemon and lime drive long down the palate, finishing with length, brightness, a tangy acidity and a carefully metered hint of sweetness.”


    16.5 pts

    Jancis Robinson – http://www.jancisrobinson.com

    March 13 2012

    Vintage: 2010

    “Floral nose. Then very tight and tense and bone dry. Quite delicate. Chalky finish. Introvert, coiled spring. Light bodied.”


    94 pts

    Wine Business Monthly – Wine 100 Tyson Stelzer

    June 2010

    Vintage: 2009

    “Western Australias finest Riesling rises to its reputation again this vintage. Calm and cool, with an icy shard of acidity driving through its core, splintering lemon and lime fruit in all directions. Structured and mineral, with suggestions of nutmeg on the edges, this is a wine of great persistence and longevity.”


    91+ pts

    Stephen Tanzer – International Wine Cellar

    Issue 151, July/August 2010

    Vintage: 2009

    “Light yellow. Initially reticent nose slowly opens to offer spicy pear, quince and Meyer lemon scents. Showing more density and power than the previous two wines, with a strong mineral undertone and hints of dried herbs and anise. More about orchard fruits than citrus. Finishes with serious grip and lingering mineral notes. Give this a couple more years of bottle age.”


    95

    Janes Halliday – Australian WIne Companion

    2011

    Vintage: 2009

    “A classic riesling with every detail perfectly proportioned and balanced; a mix of apple and citrus that glides across the tongue in a continuous line. Organically grown from old vines.”


    95pts

    Jeremy Oliver – Tha Australian Wine Annual

    2011

    Vintage: 2009

    “Very elegant, with a delicate floral bouquet whose vibrant aromas of white peach, apple and lime juice are lifted by spicy, musky notes. Its long, pure and intense core of apple, pear, lime and guava gently caresses the palate, revealing a very fine underlying chalkiness. It finishes with a crystalline brightness and persistence, and a hint of sweetness tightly balanced by its brittle acidity.”


    92pts

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW In Asia – Landmark Australia Tutorial Riesling Session

    February 2011

    Vintage: 2009

    “The 2009 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling has intense ripe apple and pear aromas with chalk, wet pebbles, white pepper and coriander seed. Crisp, dry and lightbodied, it offers a great concentration of youthful, layered flavors and a long steely finish.”


    Sarah Ahmed THE WINE DETECTIVE

    2010

    Vintage: 2009

    “The Frankland River region is drier, with more pronounced diurnal temperature variation than Great Southerns other sub-regions and, for me, its wines tend to show a little more generosity and good concentration of flavour. This is a very expressive, complete wine with bright, round applely fruit with a herbal edge balanced by thirst-quenching, rolling acidity which seems to penetrate every pore of your tongue, impressing and reinforcing a long, lingering finish, with a pronounced mineral undertow.”


    95 pts

    Wine Business Monthly 100

    March 2009

    Vintage: 2008

    “This is a finely chiselled Isolation Ridge Riesling, representing one of the greatest vintages ever made, and still selling at a bargain price. Pure lemon fruit, lime rind and juicy white peach flavours meld with earthy minerality. This is a wine of great finesse, line and length.”


    96 pts

    Toni Patterson, Qantas Magazine, The Australian Way

    December 2008

    Vintage: 2008

    “This WA wine comes close to perfection. It is delicate, well-structured, low in phenolics and has plenty of acidity. Frankland Estate uses organic principles in its viticulture and the results are spectacular.”


    Ray Jordan Top 100

    November 2008

    Vintage: 2008

    “One of the leaders in the riesling making and promotion. This is a terrific lemon zesty wine with lingering fresh rind and a lively crisp finish.”


    James Halliday Top 100 2007

    Vintage: 2007

    “Judi Cullam is a tireless champion of riesling and terroir, thus its fitting that this exemplary wine should come from estate vines nearly 20 years old. Strong aromas of lemon and lime, plus touches of spice, all followed by a powerful and intense palate, with dominate citrus flavours and great length.”


    92 pts

    Jay Miller – Robert Parker “Wine Advocate” # 181 magazine

    February 2009

    Vintage: 2007

    “.. medium straw-colored with aromas of petrol, mineral, lemon-lime, and an overall earthy character. It possesses vibrant acidity, intense flavors, and 6-8 years of aging potential. This brilliantly rendered Riesling is likely to drink well through 2027. Frankland Estate is considered by many to be the leading estate from the Frankland River GI.”


    96 pts

    Mathew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer, The Best Wines of 2008, Taste Food & Wine

    Vintage: 2007

    “Are we dreaming or is this for real? – 2007 is the best young Isolation Ridge we have ever seen. We are totally transfixed and we cant string a sentence together. Fantasy – like quality. Tender texture. Pink palate. Elegantly ethereal. Please do not drink this in isolation, you have no idea where it might take you!.”


    17 pts

    Julia Harding – http://www.jancisrobinson.com

    June 23 2009

    Vintage: 2007

    “A vineyard at the end of the world, planted in 1988. Seriously isolated. Organically farmed. Cool but can still produce Cabernet. Fermented very cool – less than 12 C. Very fine tight pure lime on the nose. More floral than most but also lemon and lime. Quite delicate. (JH)”


    94 pts

    Phillip White – The Advertiser

    March 2006

    Vintage: 2005

    “Isolation Ridge’s best rizza since 1988? Maybe. Loam, ironstone, gravel and clay – and oak, lees, malo? – gave this organic brew its smoky, flinty, moody tones: it’s as much Pfalz and Alsace as Clare or Eden. Big clean lime hits first, then slightly custardy, chardonnay-like fatty acids. It’s a perfectly balanced, heroic wine for juicy pink lamb cutlets and mustard.”


    95 pts

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    2007

    Vintage: 2005

    “Stacked with sweet citrus fruit on the midpalate, with strong structure; the most intense of the Frankland ’05 Rieslings, with great line and length. Screwcap.”


    Mike Bennie The Wine Front

    2 May 25 012

    Vintage: 2005

    ” Toasty, honeycomb, caramel, supple texture, juicy and rich, faint petrol-like character, but becoming in the seconday frame work of the wine. Long last flavour and sweetness, still shows the bones of young acidity and goes with pure fruit.”


    94 pts

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    2006

    Vintage: 2004

    “Very tight, spotless and clean; immaculately balanced; great mouthfeel, line and flow.”


    Jeremy Oliver – Australian Wine Annual

    2006

    Vintage: 2004

    “Fresh aromas of white peach and apricot blossom permeate a profoundly mineral background of spicy, floral and slightly reductive and cheesy undertones. Fine, elegant and crystalline, its schisty palate presents a vibrant core of lemon, lime and stone-fruit finishing long and tangy with plenty of reductive and stony complexity. Finishes dry and savoury, with lingering suggestions of citrus and stone-fruit.”


    17 pts

    Jancis Robinson – http://www.jancisrobinson.com

    Jan 12 2006

    Vintage: 2003

    “Some lime and Australian twang on the nose. Fruit and savour, sappy and like a puppy with its breathless yappy appeal. Very easy and really lime-flavoured. Not the most complex, dense or longest.”


    17.5 pts

    Jancis Robinson – http://www.jancisrobinson.com

    March 13 2012

    Vintage: 2002

    “Their second vintage under screwcap, after Elizabeth and Hunter (daughter and son) returned to the family farm. The AWBC tasting panel rejected it as unwine like. Some real development on the nose. Off dry and the acidity is relatively low. A certain herb and aniseed component. Interesting wine. Some tension there and a completeness. Some warmth and alcohol. Very interesting and layered. Good tension.”

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