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Frankland Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Frankland Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Of the red wine varieties grown in the Isolation Ridge Vineyard the evidence suggests Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the most sensitive to the vineyard environment. This is reflected in wines with distinctive earthy, mineral qualities and rich, supple textured flavours.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Organically grown and made, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Wafts of dark chocolate, cedar and dried Italian mixed herbs are complemented by lifted red currants and mulberry. The palate is opulent yet focused. Ripe fruit abounds, balanced by mouth coating chalky tannin, which gives the wine texture and length. Ripe mulberry flavours intertwine with cacao and tobacco leaf. 2017 was an ideal vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon with a very long, slow ripening period which allowed for a long hang time. A wet spring provided good early vine growth followed by a cooler than average January and February. The summer cooled considerably in early March slowing ripening with the Cabernet harvest on 3rd May. Fruit was harvested in clean and ideal conditions.
Vineyard Notes
Fruit for this wine was sourced from mature vines in the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard sits on an undulating northern and eastern facing slope on ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. It is farmed using organic viticultural practices and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavours. The vines are trained on a Scott Henry trellis system to enhance sunlight penetration of the canopy and optimize ripening conditions.
Winemaker Notes
This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 26°C in open pot fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by plunging and an extended maceration period allowed optimal colour, flavour and tannin extraction. It was aged in 500 litre French oak puncheons, this contributing textural complexity without compromising the opulent natural fruit flavours of the wine.
Product Reviews
2014 Vintage-Mike Bennie's Gravatar
2014 Vintage-Mike Bennie
(17/06/2019 at 2:44 PM)
95/100 Single vineyard cabernet sauvignon from the Frankland River region. In very fine form. Yes. This is a wine to buy and drink. The price is more than reasonable, given the quality. It tastes of blackcurrant, lead pencil, tobacco and dark chocolate, the flavours flowing purposefully through to a fine, intricate finish. Medium-bodied in the best possible way. For now or later; it just works.

2014 Vintage-Ray Jordan, Top 100's Gravatar
2014 Vintage-Ray Jordan, Top 100
(17/06/2019 at 2:45 PM)
94/100 Most impressive cabernet from the Frankland Estate vineyards. It shows a distinctive regional and vineyard character, with a graphite-like iron-filings character threading through the seamless, structured palate. Elegant and stylish. Beautiful wine. July 2016

Vintage 2014-Gary Walsh, Wine Companion's Gravatar
Vintage 2014-Gary Walsh, Wine Companion
(17/06/2019 at 2:47 PM)
92/100 Blackcurranct, black olive, vanilla, gum leaf and dried herb perfume. Medium bodied, pure blackcurrant, light grainy tannin, cool acidity, and a slick of tannin on the finish. Good bone structure here, and a nice expression of Great Southern Cabernet. March 2017

Vintage 2014-James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion's Gravatar
Vintage 2014-James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
(17/06/2019 at 2:49 PM)
96/100 Very good colour; this lines up very much hand in hand with the 14 shiraz, like an exercise in varietal purity and attention to detail in both vineyard and winery. Blackcurrant fruit with notes of dried herbs and a hint of earth is supported by first class cabernet tannins and a measured touch of French oak. Exceptional value. 2018

Vintage 2015-Australian Wine Companion's Gravatar
Vintage 2015-Australian Wine Companion
(17/06/2019 at 2:50 PM)
95/100 A delicious wine in every respect, its bright colour, its scented persistent cassis bouquet, its fresh, juicy palate and its fine tannins. Each component plays a lead role somewhere along the way, all adding up to a cabernet made for drinking, or sipping - your call. March 2018

Vintage 2016-Australian Wine Companion's Gravatar
Vintage 2016-Australian Wine Companion
(17/06/2019 at 2:51 PM)
95/100 95% cabernet sauvignon, 5% malbec from the organically grown Isolation Ridge Vineyard, a long, slow open ferment with hand-plunging, matured in French puncheons. Purity and power stay within a medium-bodied frame because everything is ergonomically measured and delivered - blackcurrant, tapenade and dried herbs/leaves. 2019

2017 Vintage-Huon Hooke, The Real Review's Gravatar
2017 Vintage-Huon Hooke, The Real Review
(17/06/2019 at 2:53 PM)
91/100 Medium to full red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is herbal and scented, with floral nuances, a hint of gunpowder, and the palate is slightly uneven and calls for a little cellaring time. It's straightforward and tasty and appropriately priced. The cassis flavours are juicy and long. Plenty to like here. 06 MAR 2019

2017 Vintage-Ray Jordan, Top 100's Gravatar
2017 Vintage-Ray Jordan, Top 100
(16/08/2019 at 12:40 PM)
"Spicy and gravelly loan-like characters which seem to be a direct link into the soils of the special vineyard. Excellent blackcurrant and ripe, plummy chocolatey fruit with a fine tannin and understated oak combination."92pts July 2019

Vintage 2017-James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2019's Gravatar
Vintage 2017-James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2019
(20/08/2019 at 3:22 PM)
"A medium to full-bodied cabernet that speaks equally clearly of its place and its varietal birthright, which I believe to be the estate's Isolation Ridge Vineyard (the back label is silent on this matter). Blackcurrant is the dominant flavour, assisted by notes of black olive and bay leaf, the tannins firm but ripe, the oak merely a vehicle." 95pts

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