Vintage Report 2018
A very wet 3 months from July – September 2017 set the vines up for very good spring growth. Fine weather during November lead to good flowering and hence average to above average crops on the vines. From October 2017 to May 2018 rainfall was below average across each month and daily temperatures were cooler than usual leading to a mild season with lovely cool evenings.
Harvest started with the Chardonnay on the 28th February and finished with the Mourvedre and Touriga National on the 30th April. The annual red gum blossom was strong and kept the birds away while harvesting the whites. We purchased 5 Ha of nets for the reds to keep the birds off and they did a great job reducing the amount of bird damage.
At the time of writing, the Rieslings (Isolation Ridge, Poison Hill and Estate) are blended and tucked away in full tanks with some lees to mature and relax on over the coming months. The Chardonnay and Alter Weg Riesling are in barrel on full solids unsulfured at this stage.
The dry conditions allowed a very measured and considered intake for the red varietals all of which are in barrel for maturation. It was also a great year for the later ripening varietals such as Mourvedre and excitingly for the very first crop of Touriga National. All reds enjoyed the mild weather, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon had some lovely hang time providing reds with great depth and complexity.
This vintage we took receipt of our first large format shiraz barrel (3,500Ltrs) which aims to allow the elegance and origins of our shiraz speak even louder, an exciting evolution in our approach to this variety.
That's right! Our Brian has been nominated in the Top 50 Young Gun of Wine awards for 2018.
You are invited to get along to the Top 50 tasting this Saturday night at the Prahran Market from 7pm to 10pm.
There will be live tunes, a selection of tasty eats and 100 wines on pour.
There are not many tickets left so head to Eventbrite to secure your spot!
For members of the wine trade and restaurant industry, you can secure a spot at the Trade Tasting on Monday, 14 May. To RSVP go to: TRADE ONLY Tasting Event.
Terrior, talent and tenacity; this is the bedrock of Frankland Estate.
Thirty years strong, our remote West Australian winery has conquered distance, isolation and any seeds of doubt, to take our wines to the world.
A chance meeting with Bill Hardy of Hardy Wines in the mid-1980s initiated Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam’s journey from sheep and crop farming to winemaking.
Barrie and Judi joined Bill on a journey through the wine regions of France.
They stayed on in Bordeaux to complete a vintage and fell in love with the romance and reward of wine production.
The first vines planted on our remote Frankland River property in 1988 were riesling, shiraz and cabernet franc. The first shiraz and cabernet franc wines earned some commendations – lauded as very respectable early efforts from an unknown region.
Riesling on the other hand, was broadly misunderstood Australia wide.
Barrie and Judi knew their terroir was close to perfect for this noble variety. Yet they were still honing their talent and soon realised it was going to take tenacity to really achieve the status riesling deserved.
Barrie and Judi’s belief in their riesling wines was unwavering.
The achievements and success achieved by Frankland Estate over the past three decades was spurred by this commitment.
Barrie and Judi came to champion riesling nationally and internationally through the establishment of a riesling scholarship and the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting, which has now evolved into Riesling Downunder.
We now produce six different riesling wines. And they are widely accepted as benchmark wines of riesling production in Australia.
Barrie and Judi’s tenacity has been well rewarded.
Today, Barrie and Judi’s children Hunter and Elizabeth strive to honour the talent and tenacity of their parents, along with a firm focus on the terrior.
Together with Elizabeth’s husband Brian, they have converted the vineyard and winery into a fully certified organic operation.
The wine range has expanded, wine sales have extended to 20 countries and the pristine elegance of the fruit has continued to develop.
Our thirty years has really only signalled the beginning of what we hope will be a long history of wine making at Frankland Estate, as we continue to experiment, refine and craft a lasting precision in our wines by honouring the health and purity of our unique environment and vineyard sites.
Today we celebrate Barrie and Judi’s talent and tenacity, and we have converted it into wines created with thoughtfulness and care, which we aim to share for many generations to come.
Barrie & Judi hand harvesting their first vintage at Frankland Estate.