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Frankland Estate

Journal

John Smith
 
14 August 2017 | John Smith

Plaudits from the Pundits

2016 Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling 96 pts

“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.” – James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2018

2016 Poison Hill Vineyard Riesling 96 pts

“Captivating and powerful from the word go starting with its lime and grapefruit flavours, wet rocks before it moves onto a mineral sensation with chalky acidity. Everything balanced with laser-precision accuracy and a joy to behold.” – James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2018

2014 Olmo’s Reward 96 pts

“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.” – James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2018

2015 Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 95 pts

“This will morph into something rather special – it’s too youthful now but already it has the hallmarks of a finely-tuned, expressive Frankland River shiraz. Heady aromatics of florals, dark fruit, liquorice, pepper and wood spices with chiselled tannins and clearly defined oak. Some creaminess on the palate adds another layer of complexity.” – James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2018

2015 Frankland Estate Shiraz 95 pts

“Bright, full crimson-purple; the variety and the terroir seek to impose each one’s stamp over the other, both failing in their attempt, the perfect win-win outcome. Blackberry fruit, spice and black pepper lead the way on the bouquet and medium-bodied palate alike, French oak (subtle) and tannins (ripe, but fine) completing a great portrait of cool-grown shiraz.” – James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2018

2014 Frankland Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 96 pts

“Very good colour; this lines up very much hand in hand with the 14 shiraz, like an exercise in varietal purity and attention to detail in both vineyard and winery. Blackcurrant fruit with notes of dried herbs and a hint of earth is supported by first class cabernet tannins and a measured touch of French oak. Exceptional value.” – James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2018

2015 Frankland Estate Chardonnay 94 pts

“Frankland Estate has been working diligently on its chardonnay particularly in the vineyard and it’s starting to show. Lemon-barley water, citrus zest with some ginger spice and daikon radish crunch to the mouth watering acidity, linear and very refined.” – James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2018

2015 Rocky Gully Shiraz 93 pts

“It’s supple. It’s juicy. It’s savoury. It hits the spot. What’s more, it’s laced with all the flavour and depth expected from this producer. There’s pepper, eucalypt, spice, brightness of fruit, neatly appointed tannins and a fine thread of acidity holding everything in balance. And a bargain to boot.” – James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2018

2015 Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling RRP $40

“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 points, Best of West Riesling 2017. Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2017

“Frankland Estate have long been one of Australia’s absolute finest organic producers, and it’s no surprise to see them top this list. The Isolation Ridge Riesling is arguably their finest wine, and never in such commading form as in 2015. A landmark wine for Riesling and for organic viticulture.” – Best Organic/Biodynamic Wine of the Year. Different Drop 2017 Wine Awards

“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.” – 95 points. Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine Oct/Nov 2016

2015 Poison Hill Vineyard Riesling RRP $40

“The aroma is shy and retiring, becoming more intense the longer it aired. The palate
is rich and generous, round and full, and the trace of sweetness is balanced by fine acidity and a subtle grip. Excellent.” – 93 points. Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine Oct/Nov 2016

2014 Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz RRP $40

“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.” – 96 points. Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2017

“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-fruited, 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.” – 93 points. Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2016

2017 Halliday Wine Companion Reviews

2015 Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling RRP $40

“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.” – 97 points. James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017

2015 Poison Hill Vineyard Riesling RRP $40

“There is always (of course) a difference between the Poison Hill and Isolation Ridge, but seldom is it more obvious than this year. This is immediate and naked power, with a cascade of lime and grapefruit flavours rushing through the palate, finish and aftertaste. Ripe, to be sure, but how enjoyable.” – 97 points. James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017

2015 SmithCullam Riesling RRP $55

“Has well and truly established itself in the wine community; the finish is a magical blend of flint and fruit, the residual sugar perfectly balanced by titratable acidity; great length.” – 96 points. James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017

2013 Frankland Estate Cabernet Sauvignon RRP $28

“It’s like watching the perfectly executed pass, the bolt towards the try-line thereafter inevitable. This attacks with blackberry/blackcurrant.dark chocolate flavour and then spreads and runs and swooshes in to a lengthy finish.” – 95 points. James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017

2014 Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz RRP $40

“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.” – 95 points. James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017

2013 Frankland Estate Olmo’s Reward RRP $50

“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.” – 95 points. James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017

Run an eye over the latest reviews, these too confirm that something big is happening at Frankland Estate:

“I can’t recall a better Shiraz from this vineyard.” Huon Hooke

“Riesling might feel like their métier, but there’s fire in the belly for red wines under their care.” Mike Bennie

2015 Frankland Estate Poison Hill Riesling RRP $40

Grapes were whole bunch pressed immediately on arrival at the winery, with the juice left to settle in tank overnight before being racked to fermentation vessel. The wine was then fermented in tank at low temperatures (less than 15°C) over 12 weeks with minimal intervention.

“Buckle in for the perfume. Gushing out of the glass with floral scents, rose water, ripe citrus, steel and slate, sweet appley notes. Riotous. Succulent, clean, long in flavour, bristling with fine acidity but undoubtedly yummy with gentle sweetness and that comely, slippery texture. Finishes with a little chalkiness and steely zing. Simply super.” – 95 points. Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

2015 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling RRP $40

Grapes were pressed immediately on arrival at the winery with the juice left to settle in tank overnight before being racked to fermentation vessel. The wine was then fermented in tanks and a small portion in (neutral) oak at low temperatures (less than 15°C) over 8 weeks with minimal intervention. The wine was then left on its lees for six months prior to bottling in October.

“Steel, pot pourri, 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. 94+ points.” – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

2013 Frankland Estate Chardonnay RRP $27

“This is very good wine. So stylish and well composed. No excess and no shortages. Light funk of struck match, grapefruit and nectarine, kiss of cedar and spice. Fine and pure in the mouth, clean fruit and savoury flavours, gentle flinty texture and a long clean juicy grapefruit finish. Delicious.” – 93 points. Gary Walsh

2013 Frankland Estate Cabernet Sauvignon RRP $28

“Yes. This is a wine to buy and drink. The price is more than reasonable, given the quality. It tastes of blackcurrant, lead pencil, tobacco and dark chocolate, the flavours flowing purposefully through to a fine, intricate finish. Medium-bodied in the best possible way. For now or later; it just works.” – 95 points. Campbell Mattinson

2013 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz RRP $40

“This is Syrah-like; spicy and medium-bodied, elegant and beautifully poised. I can’t recall a better Shiraz from this vineyard. It’s a modern iteration of Aussie Shiraz, classy and stylish, fine and long on the palate.” – 94 points. Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE

2013 Frankland Estate Olmo’s Reward RRP $50

“Single vineyard blend of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Frankland Estate reds are in excellent shape; perhaps the best shape I’ve seen them in. This wine is looking the goods too. Grassy, herb and nut-like notes are washed through with cherry-plum and musk. Complex and come-hither at once. Flying.” – 94 points. Campbell Mattinson

Time Posted: 14/08/2017 at 11:40 AM