Olmo’s Reward 2014

$85.00

Olmo’s Reward is named after Dr Harold Olmo, the Californian viticulturist who in 1956 first identified the potential of the Frankland River region to produce premium wines. Cabernet Franc is the dominant component of Olmo’s Reward, typically malbec, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot play minor supporting roles giving additional complexity. A wine with complexity and subtlety yet an impressive underlying power.

Description

In showcasing our respect for Dr Harold Olmo, the Californian viticulturist (dubbed by colleagues as the ‘Indiana Jones of Viticulture’ for his adventurous and ground breaking work in the industry) who first identified the Frankland River region as having potential to produce premium wines, (and for whom Olmo’s Reward is named after) this remarkable wine encompasses a blend in which the depth and complexity of flavour through Cabernet Franc is highlighted. Cabernet Francs ability to maintain elegance, balance and natural acidity makes it a compelling wine to use for Frankland Estate’s Flagship red wine. Typically (but not always) small additions of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot play minor supporting roles.

Tasting Notes

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Additional information

Region

Colour

Deep crimson red with purple hues.

Nose

Entwines hints of vanilla, plum, currants and cherry.

Palate

Fresh and bright, a delicate palate to start showing freshness and bright sweet fruit, red-berries, plum and lifted floral notes. The tightly woven palate has fine grained gravely tannins, slight mocha and savoury earthy notes. The palate is flavoursome and persistent.

Assessment

A very refined, beautifully balanced and effortlessly elegant wine with the structure and fruit intensity to richly reward further cellaring.

Assemblage

Cabernet Franc (66%), Malbec (27%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (11%)

Viticulture

All three varieties used in the blend were dry-grown on mature vines in the Isolation Ridge Vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard sits on an undulating northern and eastern facing slope on ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. It is farmed using organic viticultural practices (certified organic in 2010) and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavours. The vines are trained on a combination of Scott Henry Trellis system and vertical shoot attention to detail during the growing season encourages flavour development and promotes balance in the wine.

Vinification

Each variety was fermented separately as slowly as possible at temperatures not exceeding 27°C. Open fermentation tanks facilitated working the cap with gentle plunging and pumping over. After fermentation, an extended maceration period allowed desired colour, flavour and tannin extraction. The component wines were blended on completion of the malolactic fermentation and then aged in French Oak for 15 months.

1 review for Olmo’s Reward 2014

  1. 96 pts

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

    2018 Edition

    Vintage: 2014

    “The finest, most complete Olmo’s Reward to date comprising cabernet franc 58% /cabernet sauvignon 26%/malbec 11%/petit verdot 5%. Red fruits, earth and spice sashay across the medium-bodied frame meeting finely crafted tannins. Pure and long on the finish and seems effortless. Certainly effortless to drink.”


    94 pts

    Mike Bennie, http://www.winecompanion.com.au

    March 2017

    Vintage: 2014

    “Compelling wine. Riveted to green herbs, violets, choc-cherry-mint, dark cherry/berry fruit character, a touch of earthiness and black olive thing going on. Sarsaparilla, herbs and earthiness to taste, all set in a very svelte, dark, brooding frame. Midnight across the palate, stealthy, long as you like, tightening with fine tannins and a touch of succulent sweetness as it closes. Magnificent feel here.”


    94 pts

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

    June 2017

    Vintage: 2013

    “This is named after Dr Harold Olmo who first identified the viticultural potential of Frankland River in Western
    Australia, well before it was planted. It’s based on Cabernet Franc, with other Bordeaux varieties making up the mix. This is so fresh and direct with a lovely bright black cherry and blackcurrant core, with supple juicy leafy berry notes. There’s good concentration and acidity here, with some richness but also spicy minty freshness. Still primary, with a bright future ahead of it. A really lovely, fresh, balanced wine.”


    95 pts

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

    2017 Edition

    Vintage: 2013

    “An estate blend, the major part cabernet franc and malbec, with a small portion of cabernet sauvignon. It has a phalanx of predominantly red-berry fruits on its bouquet and elegant, medium-bodied palate; the tannin and oak contribution is minor, albeit necessary.”


    93 pts

    Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com

    November 2015

    Vintage: 2013

    “Deep, youthful purple/red colour, with an intense, bright, straightforward, youthful, fruit-driven aroma of violets and nutty oak. The wine is medium to full-bodied and a little plain, but only becuase it’s so youthful, one suspects. It’s yet to show the charm and complexity of which it seems capable. It needs more time. There is certainly high quality fruit and elegance here. Cellar it!”


    95 pts

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

    2016 Edition

    Vintage: 2012

    “A long-established estate 70/18/12% blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. The hue is bright, and the bouquet and palate live up to it in no uncertain fashion, with a bevy of red fruits and cassis woven through with fine, almost spicy, tannins and a waft of French oak.”


    4/5

    Tony Love, STM Sunday Times

    April 12 2015

    Vintage: 2012

    “A bold mix of cabernets that’s delivered terrific drinking over the years. True crimson to blue berries a dusty note and soft finish…”


    92 pts

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

    February 3 2015

    Vintage: 2012

    “Named after Dr Harold Olmo, the first to identify the potential of the Frankland River region, the 2012 vintage is a fitting tribute. Crafted largely from Cabernet Franc supported by Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot it is an Australian wine of rare elegance with lifted red currant and graphite with leafy complexity. Mid weight with well integrated structural tannins and mocha oak its long eloquent finish and exceptional balance make this a wine that will reward medium term cellaring…”


    93 pts

    Huon Hooke, The Sydney Morning Herald

    November 2014

    Vintage: 2012

    “Few Aussie reds are based on cabernet franc, but it suits the elegant, fruit-driven, unforced style of this maker. The tannins are fine and gentle. a stlish red…”


    95 pts

    Ray Jordan, The Weekend West

    September 2014

    Vintage: 2012

    “This is a blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. The most stylish and expressive of this range yet released. It captures a special vintage, along with subtle refinements in the vineyard, and winery in particular, to embrace the characters of cabernet franc so integral to this wine. This is also the first one not to contain merlot…”


    93 pts

    Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself

    July 7 2014

    Vintage: 2012

    “No Merlot for Olmo in 2012. The Cabernet Franc was deemed to be too high quality. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot remain in the mix. Wonderful Franc perfume. Fresh red fruits, brown grass, capsicum, spice, tree bark and violets – the latter probably from the PV. The palate adds cassis, cedar and mint with a scattering of garrigue/herbs. So shapely and lithe, such superior acidity and long-strand tannin. Around medium-bodied and extremely handsome. A tailored Italian suit in a glass.”


    94 pts

    James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

    2015

    Vintage: 2011

    “This estate-grown Bordeaux blend has become a model of consistency for an ever-increasing number of years. Cassis, blackcurrant, olive, spice, redcurrant, savoury tannins and oak all coalesce on the medium-bodied palate and its long finish. The balance is such that it is guaranteed to age with grace.”


    93 pts

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

    August 2014

    Vintage: 2011

    “A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, the 2011 Olmo’s Reward is a medium-garnet colour with a hint of purple in the rim and is scented of kirsch, mulberries and raspberry preserves, plus hints of cinnamon stick, pencil shavings and bay leaf. Full-bodied and with a sold backbone of firm, grainy tannins and bright acidity, the generous, multi-layered fruit flesh goes on and on at the finish. Drink it now to 2024+.”


    94 pts

    Mike Bennie The Wine Front

    May 25 2012

    Vintage: 2010

    “Seductive aromas of blue fruits, mulberry, smoke, olive and blue flowers/lavender. Supple, slippery, layered yet fine texture, mouth coating but given finite frame by fresh acidity, gossamer thread tannins and superb length of sweet and savoury spice. Very sexy wine; finishes with the gradually building grip of fruit tannin and leaving a fresh, mouth-watering close. This is superb. So elegant, such fine feel.”


    96 pts

    The West Australian Wine Guide – Ray Jordan

    2013 Edition

    Vintage: 2010

    “A blend of cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. This is one of the best examples of this outstanding blend I have tasted. Combines power and intensity with a silky, almost velvety smooth palate. Its so finely woven together with excellent fine tannin, fine grained oak and deliciously supple appealing fruit. Shows great wines don’t have to be big wines.”


    95 pts

    Jeremy Oliver’s The Australian Wine Annual

    2013 Edition

    Vintage: 2010

    “Dusty, elegant and complete, this measured, long-term red blend has a heady floral bouquet of ripe black and red berries, fresh, newish cedary oak, mint and dried herbs with a hint of spice. It’s supple and fine-grained, with a faintly sour-edged presence of small black, blue and red berries, dark plums and tightly knit oak framed by fine, cultivated and drying tannin. It finishes with great length with dusty, savoury aspects and a hint of dried herbs.”


    94 pts

    Gary Walsh The Wine Front

    January 22 2013

    Vintage: 2010

    “Mulberry and purple fruit, florals, gentle spicy clove and smokey oak, licorice, twigs. Medium bodied, very supple and fine with a fresh and clean feeling along with stretching tannin that renders it light and dynamic, yet fleshy and flavoursome too. Framed and composed. Some gum leaf and twigginess doesn’t spoil this lovely wine, though that depends on your tolerance to these characters, of course. Really enjoy its individuality.”


    95 pts

    Wine Companion – James Halliday Tasting Notes

    June 1 2013

    Vintage: 2010

    “A crimson purple. estate-grown blend of cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and malbec, with cabernet franc and merlot the major components, making it a rare assemblage. It pays (inadvertent?) homage to the right bank of Bordeaux, its small black and red berry fruits with fine-grained savoury tannins and integrated oak these Frankland Estate wines keep on getting better.”


    94 pts

    James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

    2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “An estate-grown blend of cabernet franc (70%), merlot (13%), malbec (10%) and cabernet sauvignon (7%). The bright crimson colour is an inviting start to a wine with a range of small red and black fruits, plus notes of tobacco, spice and earth, oak playing a restricted role; the tannins support is particularly good, giving the wine distinction.”


    92 pts

    Ray Jordan The West Australian Wine Guide

    2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “Cabernet franc is the dominant variety here with support from merlot, malbec and just a little cabernet sauvignon. An unusual Australian blend which is deceptively robust and powerful with ripe and assertive tannins striking through the supple fruit flavours. It is a wine with tremendous structure but nothing is obvious and will continue to evolve over the coming years.”


    95 pts

    Jeremy Oliver – The Australian Wine Annual

    2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “A distinctive, elegant and very convincing blend of right bank red varieties whose dusty perfume of fresh dark flowers, small red and black berries, cedar/vanilla oak and suggestions of red cherries, dried herbs and turned earth precedes a cultivated, supple and almost sappy, long and silky palate. Bursting with pristine small berry and cherry fruits, tightly integrated with fine-grained oak and delivering a vibrant, lingering core of fruit, its framed by finely crafted tannins and punctuated by fresh acids.”


    Dr Craig Drummond – On the Grapevine

    December 2011

    Vintage: 2009

    “It shows the fragrance of Cab Franc on the nose, with violets and sweet fruit. The palate is wonderfully textured, supple, velvety, showing delicate flavours of dark plum and clove and indeed is very easy to drink. Again, a long term cellaring wine.”


    Lisa Johnston – Wine Muse

    May 2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “Frankland Estate produces some of my favourite Rieslings, particularly from the Isolation Ridge & Poison Hill vineyards. For those who do not join me in my Riesling fanaticism, do not despair for the Smith Cullam family also produce some very drinkable reds too.

    The blend for 2009 is 62% fragrant Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, 16% Malbec & Cabernet Sauvignon 5% all from the organic Isolation Ridge Vineyards. Wafts of cinnamon, chocolate, savoury earth, perfumed with some cherry & cedar lift out of the glass to greet you. Elegantly mediumed bodied, it is silky smooth with soft fruit and some fine tannins. A wine of poise & texture that is a fine dinner companion today but I would also keep a few languishing in the cellar.”


    92 pts

    Mike Bennie The Wine Front

    May 25 2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “Smoke, tobacco leaf, grey earth; savoury with a lifted floral note. Red and black fruits. Stern aromas, but showing sophistication in complexity. Fleshy feel to texture here, bound by softly chewy tannins and a touch of savoury grit. Mouth puckering to close, has a fine silty feel that becomes the deep blue and black fruits and floral characters. Lots of flavour, herbal complexity. Lunchtime Claret kind of feel, but more class.”


    Ray Jordan – The West Australian Top 100

    July 5 2012

    Vintage: 2009

    “Cabernet franc is the dominant variety here with support from merlot, malbec and just a little cabernet sauvignon. It’s an unusual Australian blend. This is deceptively robust and powerful with ripe and assertive tannins striking through the supple fruit flavours. It’s a wine with tremendous structure but nothing is obvious and it will continue to evolve over the coming years.”


    94 pts

    James Halliday – Wine Companion Australia 2013

    Vintage: 2009

    “Estate-grown cabernet franc (70%), merlot (13%), malbec (10%) and cabernet sauvignon (7%). The bright crimson colour is an inviting start to a wine with a range of small red and black fruits, plus notes of tobacco, spice and earth, oak playing a restricted role; the tannins support is particularly good, giving the wine distinction.”


    95 pts

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    2011

    Vintage: 2008

    “Deep in colour, and serious in intent, the bouquet of this wine is all dark fruits, savoury complexity and some seriously good oak; the texture of the wine is remarkable, showing less of the overt minerality of the other wines, and more silk; fine-grained tannins are the key, ensuring the wine is long-lived and long on the palate; built for those who enjoy structure with their fruit.”


    93+ pts

    Campbell Mattinson – Cabernet Masterclass

    August 10 2010

    Vintage: 2008

    “This was a ring-in and served as a stand-alone, it is mostly cabernet franc and merlot, I believe. Pencils, blueberries, violets. Beautiful aromas. Put it in your mouth and notice immediately how dry it is. Lovely fine tannin and, leading from there, lovely length. Needs time to open and mellow. Impressive wine. Crisp, linear, focussed style.”


    95/100

    Ray Jordan WA Wine Guide

    2011 Edition

    Vintage: 2008

    “A blend of merlot and cabernet in largely equal amounts and about nine per cent malbec. Combines power and stylish elegance in a super example of high class Great Southern red wine. The nose is already complex with a savoury fruity spicy mix held with some serious oak, while the palate is cashmere-smooth and very long. Has the framework and depth of fruit to cellar for some years.”


    94 pts

    Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

    November 30 2010

    Vintage: 2008

    “Yeah! Hurrah for Right Bank Blends. This is Cabernet Franc 62%, Merlot 17%, Malbec 16% with Cabernet Sauvignon the rest %. It needs some time to unfurl but when it does its the texture and the fine grained, yet grunty, powdery tannin that gets you in. On offer is a mix of black fruit with flecks of fresh redcurrant, mint and leafy Franc flavours along with some distinguished chocolaty oak. Pretty and serious, only medium weight, but long and impressively structured. A fascinating wine made from a few of my favourite things.”


    95

    Ray Jordan – The West Australian, Fresh, Best Reds

    July 7 2011

    Vintage: 2008

    “A blend of merlot and cabernet in largely equal amounts and about nine per cent malbec. Combines power and stylish elegance in a super example of high class Great Southern red wine. The nose is already complex with a savoury fruity spicy mix held with some serious oak, while the palate is cashmere-smooth and very long. Has the framework and depth of fruit to cellar for some years.”


    92 pts

    Wine Business Monthly – Wine 100 Nick Stock

    July 2010

    Vintage: 2007

    “Plenty of cassis, some florals and a subtle background of stylish oak. The palate has abundant cassis and blue fruit flavours and a sturdy fine tannin structure that will carry this wine for many years yet. Neatly balanced, a real delight.”


    91 pts

    Stephen Tanzer – International Wine Cellar

    Issue 151, July/August 2010

    Vintage: 2007

    “Deep, glass-staining ruby. Subdued but vibrant aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, mint and bitter chocolate. Suave, silky and focused, with lovely finesse and a penetrating quality to the smoky flavors of dark fruit preserves and candied flowers. Very complex, subtle wine with excellent definition and purity, becoming weightier with air. Finishes with sexy floral perfume and lingering smokiness. This should age gracefully ; I’d like to revisit it in three or four years. (46% merlot, 45% cabernet franc and 9% malbec)”


    16 pts

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

    August 31 2011

    Vintage: 2005

    “55% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc plus other Bordeaux varieties. Bit sweet and obvious. Chewy end but much lighter and more digestible than most Oz reds. Seriously ambitious.”


    90 pts

    Ray Jordan – Guide to Wine 2008

    2008

    Vintage: 2004

    “This is a wine that’s all about complexity and palate. Aromas of dried fruits, blackcurrant and savoury plum with a dusting of dry earth. The palate is still very tight through the middle, but around it the warm plush flesh is substantial. There’s a mineral edge on the finish in what is a slightly atypical Australian style.”


    Spice Winter 2008

    2008

    Vintage: 2004

    “An interesting proportion of varieties; oozing French pizzazz with a touch of Old World in a New World line-up. Spicy based and restrained red fruits like currants, and blackberries. Multifaceted, it’s supple, subtle at times and a bit shy. A little lean in the middle but finishes with enough length and finesse. Texturally, it speaks louder by being softer. One of undying pedigree. French..”


    91 pts

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

    February 2009

    Vintage: 2003

    “The dark ruby-colored 2003 Olmo’s Reward, a blend of 59% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 14% Malbec, and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose reveals fresh herbs, earth notes, mineral, clove, cinnamon, and red currants. Supple with ripe underlying tannin, the wine has a Saint-Emilion-like personality as well as several years of aging potential. Drink it from 2011 to 2021.”


    92 pts

    Ray Jordan – Guide to Wine 2005/06

    2005/2006

    Vintage: 2002

    “This is a wine where the aim is to push the envelope a little and get the most out of the mix of fruit. I like this wine a lot. Complex and beautifully balanced. There is power but it’s delivered with finesse. Will continue to improve.”


    91 pts

    Robert Parker “The Wine Advocate”

    December 2006

    Vintage: 2002

    “The Cheval Blanc of Australia may be Frankland Estate’s Olmo’s Reward. The 2002 is a Bordeaux-like blend of 49% Cabernet Franc, 43% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon. It reveals remarkable finesse and elegance along with a beautiful nose of menthol, blueberries, raspberries, crushed rocks, and flowers. Dense and rich, with an intensity and power that build incrementally, this is an impressive, exceptionally elegant, French-styled red to consume over the next decade.”


    91 pts

    Robert Parker – “The Wine Advocate”

    October 2005

    Vintage: 2001

    “My favorite of the current releases here is the 2001 Olmo’s Reward, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot that tastes like a New World St.-Emilion. An earthy, cedary perfume of licorice, black currants, fruitcake, and herbs emerges from this full-bodied, superbly concentrated, beautifully pure and balanced wine. Remarkably complex and elegant for such a young wine, it should drink well for a decade.”


    18+ pts

    Invinity Magazine

    November 2001

    Vintage: 1998

    “This right bank Bordeaux blend which contains 48% merlot and 43% cabernet franc, along with tiny components of the other three major Bordeaux varieties, is sophisticated and elegant – something we don’t expect to see from the warmth of WA. Although it has a silky and sophisticated savoury complexity and superb balance, quality, length and a superb finish and after taste, it is of a lighter style and is …elegant and gracious. It almost has ethereal overtones in the flavours that waft above the nose and palate and in contrast to many of Western Australia’s best-known wines, this is sensational now. Suburb early drinking.”


    90 pts

    Mike Bennie The WIne Front

    May 25 2012

    Vintage: 1996

    “Mocha, red fruits, Xmas cake spice, earthy. Black olives, soy sauce. Very mellow, supple, still has bones of fresh fruit, light tannin profile, whip of acidity. Fine, fresh, flicking of spice. Mature and composed. Delicious wine of great mature character.”

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