Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2014

$40.00

The Frankland River region is recognised as one of Australia’s finest shiraz growing regions. The Mediterranean climate of warm days and cold nights, combined with the unique ironstone soil found in our Isolation Ridge Vineyard produces shiraz of power, refinement and finesse. Our Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz aims to capture all the quintessential fruit opulence, black pepper and spice notes for which the region has become renowned.

Description

The Frankland River region has been widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest Shiraz growing regions due to the Mediterranean climate of warm days and cold nights, combined with its unique ironstone soil. This combination produces Shiraz of power, refinement, and finesse. Our Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz is an internationally recognised wine that aims to encapsulate all the quintessential fruit opulence, black pepper, and spice notes for which the region has become renowned.

Tasting Notes

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Additional information

Variety

Vintage

2013 – Dry mild conditions provided another ideal vintage in the Frankland River region. This provided balance, elegance and complexity to the wine which will benefit ageing.

Colour

Mid weighted brick red

Region

Frankland River

Nose

A complex and concentrated blend of fruit aromas with spice, black pepper and ironstone flintiness with hints of oak.

Palate

Vibrant fruit gives an elegance of weight to the front palate. Blackberry, red olive, ironstone and the use of subtle, spicy French oak give complexity. A sweet core of red currant and plum flavoured fruit complements the fine-grained tannins, which gives the wine length.

Assessment

An elegant yet intensely flavoured wine distinguished by briary fruit flavours and enticing mineral complexity. A fine example of an outstanding vintage in Frankland River it is approachable now but has the structure and finesse to reward long term cellaring.

Assemblage

Shiraz (99.5%) and Viognier (0.5%)

Vineyard

Fruit for this wine was sourced from three different locations in the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard is planted on undulating northern and eastern facing slopes and has duplex soils of ironstone gravel and loam over a clay sub soil. The vine canopy is trained on a combination of vertical shoot and Geneva Double Curtin (GDC). The Isolation Ridge Vineyard is managed under organic principles (certified organic 2010), a practice we feel important for reflecting the uniqueness of site.

Vinification

This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 20C in open fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by plunging and gently pumping over. An extended maceration period followed completion of the ferment to allow optimal colour, flavour and tannin extraction. It was aged for 18 months in 500 litre French oak puncheons.

1 review for Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2014

  1. 93 pts

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

    June 2017

    Vintage: 2014

    “Lovely sweetly aromatic nose of black cherries with some pepper and mint. The palate has lovely silky texture with some iodine, blood and meat, combining ripe berry fruits with mint, ginger and pepper. It’s a very supple, fresh, elegant expression of shiraz that has some sweet fruit, but also good precision and focus, and a savoury dimension. Quite serious, but also quite drinkable..”


    Toni Paterson, http://www.therealreview.com

    Jan 2017

    Vintage: 2014

    “Simple gorgeous purity. Wafting strawberry aromatics mingled with a little vanilla spice. The palate is ripe and supple, firmly in the red fruit domain, with homemade strawberry jam and poached cherry flavours. Open, soft and agreeable.”


    17/20 pts

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

    Jan 2017

    Vintage: 2014

    “Deep crimson. Highly perfumed – with rich fruit and a light floral quality. Very intense and deeply fruited on the palate but the fruit is not overly sweet (that’s good). Darker and more savoury on the palate, with a touch of black olive already. Spice and pepper from oak and fruit. Chewy and fresh on the long, tangy finish.”


    94 pts

    Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine

    Nov/Dec 2016

    Vintage: 2014

    “Frankland Estate rightly comes to mind for riesling wines, but their shiraz has always been excellent. This 2014 release reminds us that medium-bodied, red-fruity, spicy, peppery shiraz is excellent under their care. It’s tight and long in flavour, complex, unfurling beautifully in a glass with air time. Super release.”


    96 pts

    Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide

    2017 Edition

    Vintage: 2014

    “These now mature vines are turning out exceptional fruit from this single vineyard. This is another shiraz that captures the essence of the region. It’s more medium bodied with a mix of gravelly, subtle dusty earth characters complementing the sweet seductive fruit. There’s a subtle ironstone character that emerges. It’s a wine with a distinct vineyard character.”


    95 pts

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

    2017 Edition

    Vintage: 2014

    “The sheer power of red and black cherry fruit, spice, bramble, earth, tannins, oak and a twinkle of acidity all demand your attention. Paradoxically, no one player captures the loud applause the wine generates.”


    4/5

    Gourmet Traveller Wine

    February 2016

    Vintage: 2013

    “This is a syrah-like; spicy and medium bodied, elegant and beautifully poised. I can’t recall a better shiraz from this vineyard. It’s modern iteration of Aussie shiraz, classy and stylish, fine and long on the palate.”


    94 pts

    Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com

    November 2015

    Vintage: 2013

    “Deepish red/purple colour, young and bright. which tallies with the spicy cool-grown aroma. It’s medium-bodied and quite elegant on the tongue. Stylish, fine and long. Very much a modern iteration of Aussie shiraz. A syrah-like shiraz. Classy stuff; even better if cellared a couple of years.”


    93 pts

    Ray Jordan, Top 100 Reds

    August 2015

    Vintage:

    “The reds from this outstanding Great Southern producer have reached a level of excellence and consistency in the last few years. You can almost taste the soils in the classic regional shiraz. Supple and soft with gravelly loam character.”


    94 pts

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

    February 3 2015

    Vintage:

    “An understated style with clove, white pepper, violet and mulberry fruits in a compact yet well-proportioned packaged that finishes very long and underscored by plush.”


    91 pts

    Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself

    July 7 2014

    Vintage: 2012

    “My fascination with Shiraz from the Great Southern GI continues unabated. Its isolation may slow progress to an extent but I feel strongly that it will one day produce some of the leading examples of the grape in Australia. Deep, boysenberried, chocolatey and plummy with hints of eucalypt. Significant cedary oak matched to full-bodied fruit. Extremely plush and cuddly until compressed tannin takes hold. It’s only after a few sips that elements of regional savouriness, licorice and dried herbs become obvious. A light twist of cracked pepper.”


    95 pts

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

    2015

    Vintage: 2011

    “The flavours work as a team. Pepper, black cherry and kirsch with a smidge of clovey oak. Medium-bodied but with excellent reach through the finish. Fine tannin chatters through much of the wine and doesn’t accept the finish as an opportunity to take a breath. Organically grown. Both complex and accessible.”


    91 pts

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

    August 2014

    Vintage: 2011

    “Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the intensely scented 2011 Isolation Ridge Shiraz shows crushed black cherries and blackberries on the nose, with hints of black pepper, dried Provence herbs and anise. Full-bodied with plenty of youthful blackberry and spice flavors, it has a medium level of rounded tannins and a vibrant herbal lift to the long finish. Drink it now to 2019.”


    94 pts

    Jeremy Oliver’s The Australian Wine Annual

    2013 Edition

    Vintage: 2010

    “Frankland Estate’s dramatic recent improvement in red wine continues with this supple, fine-grained Rhone inspired wine. Its pungent, faintly meaty and reductive bouquet of dark berries, cherries and plums is lifted by a scent of blue flowers, marsala spices and cedar/vanilla oak. Fine-grained, supple and savoury, it’s long, fresh and focused, with spicy, meaty and musky fruit knit with very fine, pliant tannins, finishing with suggestions of graphite and minerals.”


    The Australian – Max Allen

    February 5 2013

    Vintage: 2010

    “Frankland Estate is famous for its Isolation Ridge riesling. It’s a welcome sight for wine-lovers perusing bottleshop shelves and restaurant lists, as you can always buy it with confidence. In 2010, the same vineyard also produced a stunning shiraz: there’s a shimmering translucence to the wine, a fine, perfumed quality to the spice and earth characters, an uncommon poise and balance on the tongue. Quite delicious. ”


    4/5

    Chris Shanahan – Canberra Times

    February 13 2013

    Vintage: 2010

    “Frankland River gives yet another Australian interpretation of medium-bodied shiraz – different again from, say, Canberra, Hunter and Pyrenees. The palate’s strikingly pure with spicy, ripe-berry varietal flavours. But there’s a savoury undertone and a supple, silky texture contributed by the fine-boned tannins. The tannins also dry out the finish with a savoury bite that seasons the lingering berry fruit flavours.”


    95 pts

    Ray Jordan – The Weekend West

    April 13/14 2013

    Vintage:

    “These guys are doing some terrific things. This is a deliciously rich and vibrant shiraz. Spicy and slightly savoury gravel and mineral notes on the nose, with a dark plum influence. The palate is generous, with soft fleshy flavours. The tannins are supple and the oak underplayed to allow some impressive fruit to express itself. Excellent cellaring potential.”


    95 pts

    The Weekend West

    June 15 2013

    Vintage: 2010

    “Deliciously rich and vibrant shiraz from the Great Southern. Spicy and slightly savoury gravel and mineral notes on the nose, with a lavish dark plum influence. The palate is generous and ample, the tannins ripe and supple and the oak deliberately underplayed to allow some seriously impressive fruit to express itself.”


    95 pts

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    2014

    Vintage: 2010

    “Strong purple-crimson; a complex, medium-to full-bodied wine, with a symbiotic and synergistic union between its abundant black fruits and plentiful ripe, velvety tannins. Absolutely guaranteed to thrive over decades to come.”

    2014


    94 pts

    Ray Jordan The West Australian Wine Guide

    2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “This wine has just got better and better over the past few years. Another ripper with that typical savoury dark red fruit aroma dusted with a kick of parched earth. Spicy and slightly peppery but with excellent fruit sweetness supported by good tannin structure. Builds in the mouth to a sustained finish.”


    17/20 pts

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

    January 2017

    Vintage: 2009

    “Deep ruby. Fragrantly mature, with a hint of autumn and undergrowth but still a strong note of black fruit and pepper. This still has some deep primary fruit on the palate, both dark-red and black, but the aromas are becoming more complex, still lots of peppery spice, especially on the mid palate, and now also black loive and a savoury-sweet darkness. A definite nod to the northern Rhône but with more intense fruit. Long and fresh. Still a way to go.”


    93 pts

    Jeremy Oliver – The Australian Wine Annual

    2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “A very stylish and convincing Rhôney style of some class. Its fresh perfume of violets, briar, small dark berries, plums and fresh cedary oak is backed by musky nuances of spice and charcuterie meats. Rather smooth and brightly lit with pristine small berry flavours, meaty undertones and fine, crunchy tannins, it finishes long and savoury with lingering hints of musk and menthol.”


    Dr Graig Drummond – On the Grapevine

    December 2011

    Vintage: 2009

    “The 2009 Isolation Ridge Shiraz is a very full bodied style, dense and dark, with savoury and cedary aromas, intense flavours of black fruits, wild herbs and cinnamon spice, with a youthful briary edge which will soften quickly. A wine that will optimize in 2 to 3 years, but worthy of long cellaring thereafter.”


    8.8/10

    Max Crus – Grape Expectations

    May 12 2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “Nice wine for lonely guys drinking alone. Nice wine for others too, incidentally.”


    93 pts

    Mike Bennie The Wine Front

    May 25 2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “Black olive, black berries, brambly, touch of dark earth, A pureness of fruit sits high above the more ferrous stuff, lifted. Intense and coiled wine, inward and a touch closed, a touch bloody, meaty note. Textural but fine boned, soft, chalky tannins and a whip of bright acidity. Satiny yet savoury. Elegant. ”


    92 pts

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2013

    Vintage: 2009

    “Great Southern produces a distinctly savoury style of shiraz and this is no exception; red and black fruits, leather, spice and roasted meats on the bouquet; the palate is medium bodied, high in acidity and shows rugged, yet ripe, tannins; long and interesting.”


    91 pts

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

    August 2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “Deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2009 Isolation Ridge Shiraz gives notes of black cherry compote and warm blueberries with nuances of violets, nutmeg and black truffles. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a taut structure in the mouth with a medium level of grainy tannins and enlivening acid, finishing long. Drink this one now to 2017+.”


    92 pts

    Wine Enthusiast – Joe Czerwinski

    September 2013

    Vintage: 2009

    “Meaty and intense, this shiraz is loaded with scents and flavors of cracked pepper, pungent coffee, roasted meat and ripe blackberries. It’s full-bodied yet never seems heavy despite a sensation of warmth on the long, richly-textured finish.”


    94 pts

    Wine & Spirits USA

    October 2013

    Vintage: 2009

    “Graceful, delicate and charming in its cool stony feel, as well as its scent of roses, rosemary and cracked black pepper, this wine seems to set everything right in the world with the very first sip. It has the brightness Syrah expresses in the best sites, lifting right out of its substantial black tannins so the final impression is vibrant and light. This would be delicious with a grilled pork chop, or alone just to contemplate on its own. The Smith Cullam family started planting this vineyard on an ironstone ridge in 1988, a mix of gravel and loam over clay-soils they sustain with the help of their flocks of guinea fowl and sheep”


    91 pts

    James Halliday – Australian WIne Companion

    2011

    Vintage: 2008

    “Young and unevolved bouquet, showing a little reduction in the form of burnt rubber; the fruit in undeniable however, with blackberry in abundance, framed by savoury roasted meat character and elements of dried herbs; tannic and tightly wound, time is definitely warranted.”


    95/100

    Ray Jordan WA Wine Guide

    2011

    Vintage: 2008

    “Just gorgeous perfumed notes of fresh cedar, red berry and light savoury plum, sprinkled liberally with enticing spices. The palate is wonderfully controlled with a fine tannin and oak balance supporting the medium-weight but fully ripe and deeply concentrated fruit. This is a beauty and a most complete wine. ”


    91pts

    Jeremy Oliver – The Australian Wine Annual

    2011

    Vintage: 2008

    “This fragrant, spicy and fine-grained shiraz made in a northern Rhône style has a sweetly fruited, confiture-like perfume of raspberries, blackberries and restrained cedar/vanilla oak whose floral lift is such that you would bet on the presence of viognier. An elegant palate of fresh dark berries, cherries and plums is backed by charcuterie-like, forest floor undertones and a loose-knit spine of firmish tannins, finishing long and savoury.”


    94 pts

    Nick Stock – WIne 100

    March/April 2011

    Vintage: 2008

    “A wine to impress simply because its so authentic. Lovely ripe plums and spice dusted dark berries, some sanguine earthy nuances lurking below. The palate has impressively elegant intensity with plenty of blackberry and pepper flavour, the tannins spread even and long.”


    93 pts

    Mike Bennie The Wine Front

    May 25 2012

    Vintage: 2008

    “A dark, slightly bronzing colour with bright rims. Looks savoury from the get-go. Sweet mud aromas, ripe dark berries, undergrowth, brick dust. Really attractive savoury lilt here. Silky texture, plush but pliant and has the bounce of bright acid keeping the wine shapely. A blood sausage texture, right through to a faint mealy graininess. Tannins are soft, roped together in long slender chains and punch through the back dragging out sweet fruit hints with them. Touch peppery too. Really lovely, complex, elegant, medium bodied wine. ”


    89+

    Stephen Tanzer – International Wine Cellar

    Issue 151, July/August 2010

    Vintage: 2007

    “Inky ruby. Brooding aromas of cassis, cherry pit and licorice, with slow-building floral and spice qualities. Deep, chewy dark fruit flavors are youthfully clenched and take a while to open up, eventually offering a bright, spicy quality and a hint of candied violet. Firm tannins add grip to the finish, which leaves floral and spice notes behind. By all means give this some cellar time. ”


    94 pts

    Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front

    June 24 2011

    Vintage: 2007

    “The folks at Frankland Estate have been growing grape vines in the region since the late 1980s. Its a gorgeous region but isolated. Frankland Estate has helped put it on the map. This review of Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz is Walshs review from the Big Red Wine Book 2010/11. I have just retasted it and am in complete agreement, though I have upped it a point.

    One of those dark as night wines, in terms of its colour. Flavours of pepper, blackberry, mineral and cedary oak. Some liquorice and tar. Plenty of power, good length and a slick of tea-like tannin as you swallow mark it as a serious wine, though a little brutish (though on re-tasting in 2011 it had mellowed considerably). What it really needs is a rest in a cool, dark place for a few years.”


    94 Pts

    Tim White – “The Australian Financial Review”

    March 27-29 2009 Issue

    Vintage: 2006

    “Satsuma plum-smelling and peppery; plus other mace-like spiciness. Attacks really peppery and builds dry, brick, dusty tannins.

    There’s those plums again as well as dried citrus peel and sweet-savoury prosciutto-like flavours. The best Frankland Estate red I’ve tasted in a long time.”


    94 Pts

    James Halliday – “Australian Wine Companion 2009 Edition”

    2009

    Vintage: 2005

    “The best Isolation Ridge for years; generous black fruits with a dusting of spice and pepper are supported by fine tannins and good oak. Screwcap.”


    92 Pts

    Ray Jordan – Guide to Wine 2008

    2008

    Vintage: 2005

    “Impressive wine. Complex bouquet of spicy savoury shiraz crammed with lots of mocha coffee characters. Seamless and beautifully balanced palate with fine-grained slightly sinewy tannin, nice oak and plenty of delicious fruit. Still a pup but with great promise.”


    Spice Magazine – Winter

    Vintage: 2005

    “Isolation Ridge again shows us why this plot of land can produce stella wines. A whole booty of characters ranging from perfumed floral to pastille through to a throng of succulent berries. This ink-pot chunky wine requires attention to fully appreciate its complexity. The mouth feel heaves assertive tannins into rich company for a great price.”


    92 Pts

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

    February 2009

    Vintage: 2004

    “… a bright cherry red with an excellent perfume of pepper, underbrush, blueberry, and black cherry. Made in an elegant style (a very different expression than Shiraz from Barossa and McLaren Vale), it has plenty of racy, ripe red and blue fruit, excellent balance, and a pure finish. It will blossom over the next 3-5 years and offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2024.”


    93 Pts

    Top 100 Enthusiast Wines for 2008

    Vintage: 2004

    GOLD

    Scoop Magazine – WA Essential Lifestyle Guide

    Winter 2008

    Vintage: 2004

    “A wonderfully stylish shiraz from the Great Southern with intense peppery character bursting out of the glass. The wine is very fine and spicy in flavour – not a blockbuster, but the epitome of elegance and refinement. This wine still looks youthful and will develop for many years in your cellar.”


    90 pts

    Mike Bennie The Wine Front

    May 25 2012

    Vintage: 2004

    “Savoury tannin characters kicking in, freshness of punchy fruit meets that mark there. The wines from the early 90s thin out a little in a nice way, fruits all there, brambly and a bit old but soft – menthol tinged red cherry, brick dust aromas, mellow and gently sweet, choc/mocha, red fruits. Soft, supple wine with bright fruit and briary, savoury secondary characters, some lifted bright fruits. Delicious, softening, thinning wine of maturing character. ”


    94 Pts

    James Halliday – “Wine Companion 2007 Edition”

    2007

    Vintage: 2003

    “Elegant medium-bodied, counter-cultural style; dark fruits and excellent texture and structure from the fine tannins running through its length; perfect acidity. Screwcap.”


    90 Pts

    Tanzer Review

    September 2005

    Vintage: 2002

    “Dark Ruby. High-pitched and precise on the nose, with spicy blackberry, cocoa and coffee aromas and a touch of mint. Chewy and structured, with sweet, juicy dark berry flavors accented by dried herbs. The long finish features chocolate and berry flavors and fine, dusty tannins.”

    91 Pts

    Philip White – 2001 Top 100

    November 2001

    Vintage: 1999

    “I have enjoyed tasting this characterful, yet elegant shiraz throughout the year, and it was no surprise that my prejudice had me select it here. It is like a Chateauneuf-du-Pape from a cool region, which is of course impossible. Boisterous blackberry and fireplace smells open the game, and then comes a slender, elegantly-structured palate that rolls on and on, showing fine tannin and refreshing, natural-looking acidity. I look forward to savouring it from a Burgundy balloon in about 2005. It gives me reason to live.”

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