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Frankland Estate

Isolation Ridge Vineyard Syrah 2020

Isolation Ridge Vineyard Syrah 2020

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Wine Specs
Frankland River
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Perfumed with hints of spice and white pepper, a complex nose reflecting depth and authenticity. An elegant medium bodied wine with a sweet core of fruit combined with subtle savoury complexity of spice and herb that integrate into the subtle French oak which sits comfortably with the savoury notes and fine-grained tannins. Length and depth of fruit profile in the wine will ensure very good aging.
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 Isolation Ridge Vineyard is managed under organic certification (ACO certified organic since 2009), a sustainable practice that maximises the unique characteristics of the Isolation Ridge Vineyard to be expressed in this wine.
Winemaker Notes
This wine was fermented in shallow open pot fermenters. Whole berries are going to open fermenter. Fermentation is initiated straight away, hand plunging is conducted to keep the ferment even and as gentle as possible, minimising extraction. A small parcel is fermented as 100% whole bunch and blended back to the wine post barrel maturation (7%). Temperatures typically do not exceed 26C through the 10 – 15 day ferment. Some additional maturation on skins occurs until tannin integration and balance is seen. This wine was aged for 15 months in 3,500 litre French oak foudre. The small addition of viognier along with the use of 2 clones of Syrah add to the wine’s complexity.
Other Notes
Certified Organic, Vegan Friendly,

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

Vintage 2017- Royal Melbourne Wine Awards's Gravatar
Vintage 2017- Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
(24/01/2020 at 1:43 PM)
Winner Trevor Mast Trophy Best Shiraz 2019

Vintage 2017- Royal Melbourne Wine Awards's Gravatar
Vintage 2017- Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
(24/01/2020 at 1:45 PM)
Winner - Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine 2019

Vintage 2017- Royal Melbourne Wine Awards's Gravatar
Vintage 2017- Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
(24/01/2020 at 1:47 PM)
Winner - WA Best Shiraz 2019

2018 Vintage-Gary Walsh's Gravatar
2018 Vintage-Gary Walsh
(16/04/2020 at 5:40 PM)
Oooh la de da. It’s now a Syrah. Warning: contains Viognier (4%), some whole bunch (7%) and 15 months maturation on lees in 3,500 litre foudre. Perfumed and peppery, dark cherry and blackcurrant, jasmine and a little apricot. It’s medium bodied, sweetly fruited and fragrant, but savoury and packed with stony tannin, cool acidity and fresh juicy raspberry length. It’s a very impressive wine, with perhaps a bit more to come. Drink 2021 - 2030+

Vintage 2018 - Nick Butler - The Real Review's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Nick Butler - The Real Review
(22/04/2020 at 2:45 PM)
Medium-weight in the glass, pale-purple colour with red edges. Loads of spice to the nose: white pepper, aniseed, cinnamon and blackberries. It's soft and spicy when sipped - though serious and sinewed at the same time. Purple berries and black cherries, a spine of dried herbs to match its finely-grained tannins. Delicious. 95pts

Vintage 2018 - Ken Gargett's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Ken Gargett
(29/04/2020 at 1:52 PM)
Lovely lifted aromas, does have that floral and stonefruit touch. Also, chocolate and blackberries, spices, dry herbs. A delicious style of mid-length. If one had a criticism, it would be that the intensity does fade a little on the finish, but the positives far outweigh any detractions. Fine, slightly minerally tannins, this is a wine with a future...

Vintage 2018 - Ray Jordan's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Ray Jordan
(05/05/2020 at 6:11 PM)
Oh boy, when you get a good year down in the Great Southern, it really does show in the wines. This one is a real breakthrough for Frankland Estate. The wines over the years have been consistently very good, but this one is in another zone. It’s medium bodied and so exquisitely elegant. Spicy plum notes and grainy, minerally tannins running deep. Texture with a fine deft touch. Outstanding. 96 pts

Vintage 2019 - Rob Geddes's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - Rob Geddes
(29/04/2021 at 3:22 PM)
A different style, more Rhone or Kiwi, with punchy pyrethrum spice like the classic Syrah cool-climate aromas. The white pepper is there on the nose and palate, middleweight and long with fine tannins. It's a medium-bodied shiraz in style with the classic spice flavours. Well made. A remarkable wine that results from the family knowing their land and vines and what to do in the winery. 94pts

Vintage 2019 - Huon Hooke's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - Huon Hooke
(21/05/2021 at 11:43 AM)
Bright, deep purple colour, with a fresh and spicy aroma of cool-grown shiraz, the fruit doing all of the talking. White pepper, blue fruits, violets, dried herbs. The wine is elegant but full-bodied, the tannins tightly coiled and supple, a gloriously aromatic, elegant cool-grown Shiraz. 95 points.

Vintage 2019 - Curly Haslam-Coates's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - Curly Haslam-Coates
(21/05/2021 at 11:44 AM)
The Isolation Ridge is a perfumed and pretty riot on the nose, all violets, damsons, roses, thyme, blackberries, vanilla, baked quince and pencil shavings. The palate is elegant and refined and from that rollercoaster of prettiness comes a refined fresh fruit acidity, supple tannins, black coffee, liquorice and that beguiling combination of floral notes in a well structured but not overly weighty Syrah. This is still a baby bundle of juicy and youthful mulberries, raspberries, damsons and plums, showing the beginning of what I expect to be a delicious and ever changing life. Very smart. 94 points.

Vintage 2019 - Tony Love - Halliday Wine Companion's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - Tony Love - Halliday Wine Companion
(13/08/2021 at 2:13 PM)
Quite specific vineyard characters here. It definitely smells and tastes of a small addition of viognier, and also some whole bunches employed in the fermentation. So there's perfume and a slight ginger/apricot note, lip smack and a light chew of tannins, which all make for a quite interesting style. Drinking well now and might just find more and more nuance over the next decade. 94pts

Vintage 2018 - Wine Enthusiast USA's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Wine Enthusiast USA
(21/03/2022 at 6:31 PM)
95 points

Vintage 2018 - Jancis Robinson's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Jancis Robinson
(21/03/2022 at 6:33 PM)
Deep, healthy crimson. Saline nose and somehow more winemaking evident than on the entry-level 2017 Shiraz. This wine is sweeter and, arguably, less refreshing. Though there are probably hidden depths that will come to the fore… 16+ points

Vintage 2019 - James Suckling's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - James Suckling
(21/03/2022 at 6:34 PM)
This has abundant ripe blackberries and raspberries, as well as red plums, all swathed in a sheen of spicy oak influence. The palate is bright and supple, filling out the center with fleshy red-plum and raspberry flavors. Some black-pepper threads here, too. Very balanced. Drink or hold. Screw cap. 94 points

Vintage 2020 - Huon Hooke - The Real Review's Gravatar
Vintage 2020 - Huon Hooke - The Real Review
(21/03/2022 at 6:36 PM)
Very deep, bold red/purple colour, bright and youthful. The bouquet is fruit-sweet and deliciously appealing, sweetly jammy and there's possibly some whole-bunch character as well, stylishly intertwined. The palate is again seductively fruit-sweet and perfumed, with floral notes as well as red and blue fruits, the tannins supple and well balanced with the other components. It's already very approachable and supple, a delicious young, evidently cool-climate, shiraz. Long finish and very elegant. A gorgeous wine.  95 points

Vintage 2020 - Ray Jordan, West Australian Newspaper's Gravatar
Vintage 2020 - Ray Jordan, West Australian Newspaper
(03/06/2022 at 1:40 PM)
Small crop and small production, so this has to be on your shopping list. It is quite different from the syrah styles made ten years ago and reflects the heightened attention to improve the vineyard while exploring new clones. This one is largely the Houghton clone but there is also 42% clone 470 with the exciting clone 174 planned for later releases. The aromatics are heightened by the inclusion of viognier and mourvèdre. It is such a wonderfully fragrant and perfumed wine with that underlying regional ironstone character complementing. There is so much vibrancy and energy here – an exciting direction for Frankland Estate. 97 pts

Vintage 2020 - Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion's Gravatar
Vintage 2020 - Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion
(03/06/2022 at 1:41 PM)
2020 is going to go down as a brilliant year in WA – widespread good, like 2018 – but everyone will remember the firm and plentiful tannins and the fleshy fruit. These go hand in hand in almost every vineyard in the state, and it is so, here. This is very grownup. It has the slick and gloss of beautifully ripe fruit, but it also has the blood, gravel and rust that underpins all reds grown in Frankland River. While this has resolutely earned its 'syrah' moniker, it has enough savoury grunt and brooding hutzpah to accurately reflect the region, too. Bravo 95 pts

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