Initially brooding and dark opening up to a bright fresh wine. Hints of black olive and an iodine saltiness combine with fresh toasty oak, spice and black pepper. A sweet core of red currant and plum flavoured fruit leads into the subtle use of French oak which sits comfortably with the fine-grained tannins giving the wine a presence and length. Savoury, briary fruits lead into an enticing ironstone flinty note and mineral complexity. The small addition of viognier and malbec add to the wines complexity. A fine example of an outstanding vintage in Frankland River, it is approachable now but has the structure and finesse to reward long term cellaring. To truly experience, decant this wine while young. Dry mild conditions provided another ideal vintage in the Frankland River region. This provided balance, elegance and complexity to the wine which will benefit ageing.
Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
Fruit for this wine was sourced from three different locations in the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard is planted on undulating northern and eastern facing slopes and has duplex soils of ironstone gravel and loam over a clay sub soil. The vine canopy is trained on a combination of vertical shoot and Geneva Double Curtin (GDC). The Isolation Ridge Vineyard is managed under organic principles (certified organic 2010), a practice we feel important for reflecting the uniqueness of site.
This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 20C in open fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by plunging and gently pumping over. An extended maceration period followed completion of the ferment to allow optima, flavour and tannin extraction. It was aged for 18 months in 500 litre French oak puncheons.