Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2014

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.

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Product 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

Shiraz

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. 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.”


    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.”

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