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Frankland Estate

Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2017

Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2017

The Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2017 is award-winning, taking out the 2019 Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz, 2019 Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine Trophy and 2019 Best West Australian Shiraz at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. 

“We would have been honoured to just take the title of Best WA Shiraz! However, winning three trophies, including Best Shiraz in Show and Best Organic Wine, is mind-blowing.” - Brian Kent, Head Winemaker.

“…these distinctive wines (Frankland Estate) are totally different from any other Australian wine I have tasted. What sets them apart is an underlying singular graphite-like character that gives them an earthy, terroir driven quality in both the aromatics and flavours….” - Robert Parker.

The Frankland River region is recognised as one of Australia’s finest shiraz growing regions. The Mediterranean climate of warm days and cold nights, combined with the unique ironstone soil found in our Isolation Ridge Vineyard produces shiraz of power, refinement and finesse. Our Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz aims to capture all the quintessential fruit opulence, black pepper and spice notes for which the region has become renowned.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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.
"Frankland Estate has emerged as one of the great vineyards of Australia" - Huon Hooke
The 2019 Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz, 2019 Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine Trophy, 2019 Best West Australian Shiraz
Vineyard Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.
Product Reviews
Vintage 2014 - Jamie Goode,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - Jamie Goode,
(14/09/2017 at 1:58 PM)
“Lovely sweetly aromatic nose of black cherries with some pepper and mint. The palate has lovely silky texture with some iodine, blood and meat, combining ripe berry fruits with mint, ginger and pepper. It’s a very supple, fresh, elegant expression of shiraz that has some sweet fruit, but also good precision and focus, and a savoury dimension. Quite serious, but also quite drinkable..” 93 pts

Vintage 2014 - Toni Paterson,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - Toni Paterson,
(14/09/2017 at 1:59 PM)
“Simple gorgeous purity. Wafting strawberry aromatics mingled with a little vanilla spice. The palate is ripe and supple, firmly in the red fruit domain, with homemade strawberry jam and poached cherry flavours. Open, soft and agreeable.”

Vintage 2014 - Julia Harding,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - Julia Harding,
(14/09/2017 at 2:08 PM)
“Deep crimson. Highly perfumed – with rich fruit and a light floral quality. Very intense and deeply fruited on the palate but the fruit is not overly sweet (that’s good). Darker and more savoury on the palate, with a touch of black olive already. Spice and pepper from oak and fruit. Chewy and fresh on the long, tangy finish.” 17/20 pts

Vintage 2014 - Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine's Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
(14/09/2017 at 2:09 PM)
“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-fruity, 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.” 94 pts

Vintage 2014 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017's Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017
(14/09/2017 at 2:09 PM)
“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.”

Vintage 2014 - Ray Jordan, Top 100 Wines's Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - Ray Jordan, Top 100 Wines
(14/09/2017 at 2:10 PM)
“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 pts

Vintage 2014 - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate's Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
(25/01/2018 at 4:39 PM)
"A complex bouquet of Christmas spices, roasted meat and plummy fruit emerges on the nose of the 2014 Isolation Ridge Shiraz. A perennial favorite, this vintage seems especially aromatic, then delivers layers of flavor on the supple, medium to full-bodied palate. It seems lighter and more elegant than past vintages without having lost intensity or complexity along the way. It should continue to drink well for at least a decade." 93 pts

Vintage 2014 - Wine Enthusiast's Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - Wine Enthusiast
(25/01/2018 at 4:44 PM)
"This wine, from Frankland Estate's renowned Isolation Ridge, is a wonderful example of the greatness that cool-climate Great Southern Shiraz can achieve. Medium bodied and elegant, this enchanting shows red cherry, raspberry, florals, cracked pepper and herbs, with an orange peel tang and a hint of meat and earth in the background. The palate is full of crunchy red fruit, florals and dusty, fine-grained tannins that lead to a long, pepper finish. Drink now-2027." 93 pts

Vintage 2015 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide's Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide
(21/06/2018 at 1:22 PM)
"This excellent shiraz continues to be refined in the pursuit of a distinctly individual elegance and stylishness. This really gets it right, with a beautiful fleshy texture, gentle aromatics of plummy red fruits, with a light hint of cedar. Has a fine chalky tannin structure woven into the smooth slightly medium-bodied palate. There's a slightly spicy minerality on the finish which completes an excellent wine." 94 pts

VIntage 2015 - Huon Hooke, The Real Review May 2018's Gravatar
VIntage 2015 - Huon Hooke, The Real Review May 2018
(21/06/2018 at 1:36 PM)
"Very deep red colour with purple tints. The bouquet is big and robust, with adundant spices, a hint of vegetal character, too, and a big, ripe, full-throttle palate. Soft tannins. A good 'each-way' wine: cellar or drink young." 92 pts

2015 Vintage - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018's Gravatar
2015 Vintage - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
(21/06/2018 at 1:58 PM)
"Blackcurrant, white pepper and attractive earthy bluberry aromas, complex menthol oak beneath. Fleshy oaky plum palate, juicy succulent smoky licorice finish." 93 pts - Awarded Silver

Vintage 2015 - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front's Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
(28/06/2018 at 12:51 PM)
"It's both solid and elegant. It sounds like a contradiction in terms but it somehow pulls it off. It's a meaty, graphite-infused red with peppercorn and black cherry flavours swooshing through. There's a clip of smoky oak too. Not a hair out of place. Quite lovely." 92+ pts

Vintage 2015 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2019's Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2019
(07/08/2018 at 5:49 PM)
"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, licorice, pepper and wood spices with chiselled tannins and clearly defined oak. Some creaminess on the palate adds another layer of complexity."

Vintage 2015 -'s Gravatar
Vintage 2015 -
(16/08/2018 at 10:02 AM)
"A sleek and spicy shiraz. The nose has pristine red plums and berry fruits, as well as peppery accents. The palate delivers an elegant mid-weight red with a core of sturdy tannins. Drink now or hold." 92 pts

2015 Vintage - Max Allen, Australian Financial Review's Gravatar
2015 Vintage - Max Allen, Australian Financial Review
(21/08/2018 at 5:16 PM)
"I thought it would be hard to top the superb 2014 vintage but this does just that: exquisitely precise amalgam of peppery spice and ripe black fruit and undergrowthy complexity, beautifully balanced, slinky but firm tannins. Fabulous."

Vintage 2016 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2019's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2019
(29/11/2018 at 5:25 PM)
"Deep and intense savoury chocolate notes on the nose open this excellent Frankland shiraz. There's a real sense of vineyard here with those gravelly loam-like characters. The palate is beautifully poised with fine chalky tannins ad neatly applied oak in support. Dry savoury finish." 92 pts

Vintage 2016-James Suckling -Biggest Wine Tasting Ever's Gravatar
Vintage 2016-James Suckling -Biggest Wine Tasting Ever
(02/07/2019 at 5:58 PM)
"I love the exuberant red fruit here that runs in the dried-raspberry and redcurrant direction. But this also offers a considerable amount of dried meat. Generous and juicy, yet firm with steely tannins. Drink now." 93pt

Vintage 2016 - Barry Weinman's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Barry Weinman
(27/09/2019 at 11:42 AM)
"Brighter and fresher, with excellent red berry fruit characters and a touch of satsuma plum. The oak adds depth and texture, and also contributes to the spiciness that characterises the palate. Drying tannins close down the finish, ensuring ageability."18.6/20pts

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