We look forward to it every year. And it seems many others do to.
In fact, this year we increased the number of diners to 140 and filled every space we have available on our Cellar Door verandah.
The annual 'Flowering of the Vine' event has become a tradition among many and it seems others are starting to hear more about why.
We even managed to do a quick pre-event renovation to expand the space and views from the Cellar Door - a welcome change to accommodate the extra numbers.
In 2017, we started out with a lovely 32 degree, sunny day and four museum SmithCullam Rieslings stretching across 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015 plus a sneak preview of the 2017 SmithCullam Riesling.
The food was prepared and curated by North Fremantle restaurant Habitué and Fin's Seafood shucked more than 30 dozen Smokey Bay Oysters to accompany our 2017 Frankland Estate Riesling and 2010 Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling.
You can view the full menu below.
To make the day a little more than just incredible food and delicious wine, we had the Shaky Reed Trio entertain the crowd with ragtime, blues and rockabilly music.
And many found it fun to play boules and finska on the lawn and the short, torrential shower did not dampen the day but brought some relief and a cool change.
It was a great day for all and we were sad to farewell so many who had travelled far and wide to be at Frankland Estate.
Next year we will be celebrating our 30 year anniversary so it will definitely be a 'Flowering of the Vine' lunch you won't want to miss.
Flowering of the Vine
11 November 2017
Menu by Habituè
Freshly Shucked Oysters with Mignonette Dressing
Fremantle Sardines with Basil Pesto & Yallingup Woodfired Bread
Farmhouse Chorizo with Roast Red Pepper & Potato Crisp
2017 Frankland Estate Riesling & 2010 Isolation Ridge Riesling
Crispy Shark Bay Prawn Pancake with Coriander, Vietnamese Mint & Bean Sprouts
2015 Frankland Estate Chardonnay
South West Ribeye with Wattle Seed Crust & Bush Tomato Chutney
Burnside Organic Farm Leafy Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and French Dressing
Phil's Sweet Potato with Macadamia Cream, Warrigal Greens, Samphire & Baby Spinach
2008 Olmo's Reward
Cheese Culture Cheese Selection
Affidelice Washed Rind / Ford Farm Cave Aged Cheddar / Colston Bassett Stilton
with Gourmandise Fig Bread
2015 Isolation Ridge Shiraz
Passionfruit Bavarois with Fresh Passion & Riesling Melons
Flowering is one of the most significant growth stages in the vineyard each season and we like to celebrate what we mark as the start of a new vintage, with our annual Flowering of the Vine event.
We'll be celebrating this milestone on the verandah of Frankland Estate this Saturday, 11 November 2017.
There are 140 people joining us this year, one of our biggest Flowering of the Vine events yet!
This long table lunch is the highlight of our spring season and features current release and museum wines paired with a custom-designed menu.
And we are excited to be offering attendees the chance to buy a fresh harvest of Frankland Estate honey from our own beehives.
We can't wait to share the day with so many of our loyal customers and neighbours.
Be sure to check Facebook for a gallery of images from the day.
It only happens once every three years and the wait is almost over. The event all riesling lovers dream about is back.
Celebrate your love for riesling with Frankland Estate as we bring the best of the world’s rieslings to Melbourne from Friday to Tuesday, 2 to 6 February 2018, and in Sydney on Wednesday, 7 February 2018.
Here's where you need to be:
2 to 6 February — Pop Up Bar A pop-up Riesling Bar at the Arts Centre
Sunday, 4 February — Riesling Riot The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest riesling party
Monday and Tuesday, 5 and 6 February — Tastings & Masterclasses
Wednesday, 7 February — Riesling Riot The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest riesling party
To be a part of this fun and engaging riesling celebration, secure your tickets online at the Riesling Downunder website – www.rieslingdownunder.com.au