Over the last decade our family has been deeply focused on improving our Shiraz wines. This is an incremental process, the culmination of nearly 14 years being certified organic and new clonal material in our cool climate vineyard. We’ve implemented larger format oak (including foudre) in the winery, minimising the oak influence and not masking the great fruit we grow. Greater parcel selection, small open pot fermenters and winemaking techniques including whole bunch ferments all help to build complexity, while retaining the freshness and vibrancy that our region is known for. Decades of knowledge poured into making a wine that reflects the Isolation Ridge vineyard’s unique identity, and a wine that honours our site.
The Great Australian Shiraz Challenge is now in its 27th year and in this specialist event our 2018 Shiraz was pitted against some of the best wines that SA, VIC and NSW have to offer. Frankland Estate Shiraz 2018 (with a brilliant score of 96 points) stood proudly, shoulder to shoulder with bottles of big Barossa Shiraz that sell for 10 times the price of our Estate Range. We are thrilled to have been awarded two trophies this year - Best WA Shiraz and Best Organic Shiraz! This highlights not only the quality, dbut the value of our Estate Range wines. On top of these awards our 2019 SmithCullam Syrah was awarded Gold with a score of 95 points.
It seems all that hard work has paid off, with our Shiraz wines now being considered amongst the best in the country. Confirmation of which we have received by the benchmark of wine critics - James Halliday - with a score of 95 points.
As always, these awards arrive as stocks are dwindling at the winery, meaning this great value red will not be around for long. Snap up a case before it disappears, you can trust it will cellar well for another 4-6 years.
Read some recent praise for the 2018 Estate Shiraz below:
Peter Bourne, Gourmet Traveller WINE
"The team at Frankland Estate are really on a roll... 2018 was a great vintage for Shiraz with Smith Cullam Syrah, Isolation Ridge Vineyard Syrah and the Estate Shiraz all shining. It's a beautiful wine - silky, succulent and pure - showcasing the pristine fruit that these guys grow in a remote, pollution-free corner of the Great Southern region. And it happens to be a bargain, too.”
James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au
"Retains its good colour; the bouquet and palate alike have started to develop the complex spicy, savoury forest floor characters that are the mark of topflight pinot noir. The length of the palate is of itself a measure of the quality of this wine, and the great vintage promises even more down the track. 95pts
Floral and spice lift from the glass alluding to a shiraz of elegance and depth. The nose leads to a shiraz with middle weight and delicacy on the palate yet with substantial depth of flavour and complexity. Spice and ironstone earthiness sit well along the bright fruits of plum and redcurrant that give the wine a juiciness and approachability whilst having great length and freshness. The complexity of this wine no doubt comes from the three clones of shiraz now grown in the estate vineyards and the seven small parcels used for this shiraz (making up 93.4% of the wine), supported by the use of small additions of Touriga Nacional (3.7%), Mourvèdre (1.3%), Marsanne (1.2%) and Malbec (0.4%).”