Frankland Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
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.
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.
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.
Certified Organic, Vegan Friendly
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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
2018 Vintage-Gary Walsh
(22/04/2020 at 4:22 PM)
Deep, rich and savoury. It’s all dark chocolate, blackberry and blackcurrant, dried herbs and cigar box. Thick earthy tannin, intensity of flavour, sweet dark berries and bitter chocolate, fine length and a slick of silty tannin on exit. Powerful.
2018 Vintage - Ray Jordan Top 100 Reds
(21/07/2020 at 3:05 PM)
A distintive minerally cabernet sauvignon that has a strong varietal and vineyard character from this excellent Frankland producer. Deep and concentrated with power and poise. Love that minerally finish with a beautifully leafy lift.
Vintage 2018 - Ned Goodwin - Halliday Wine Companion
(18/08/2020 at 11:49 AM)
A glossy ruby verging on opaque. Inviting. The set of estate wines-for lack of a better expression-is superb. It sets one up for the higher tier of the range, while consolidating the address as a source of eminently enjoyable wines. Artisanal, honest and for those seeking wines of place, affordable. Black currant. Sage. Tapenade. Mulch. A potpourri of herb and graphite. Frankland Petit Châteaux.
Vintage 2018 - Tim White
(12/04/2021 at 1:58 PM)
Shellac, currant, star anise and roast meats. Some loganberry. Dark, violet, and—seemingly—older wood Stilton skin complexity. And so it tastes, with sharp forest berries, black and red currants, in a powerful matrix of super-firm, wet carbon paper tannins. There's a concentrated runnel of coulis berries which builds and fills out at the back-palate, before mouth-aromas become wholemeal crusty. There’s both rusticity and polish to this. 94(95)/100 (h), 8/10
Vintage 2019 - Tony Love - Halliday Wine Companion
(13/08/2021 at 5:00 PM)
Heaps of familiar cabernet character from start to finish, delivered in power-on mode. All those red/blackberried aromas, with leaf and old-fashioned pencil-case senses, with a surge of mouth-filling tannins to cap it all off. 92pts
Vintage 2019 - Curly Haslam-Coates, The Wine Front
(07/12/2021 at 12:26 PM)
Blackcurrants, plums, black cherries and liquorice, this is a tangy and delicious Cabernet that will be a cracking match with a Sunday roast, spag bol and many other dishes. Open tank-fermented with a bit of time in 500-litre puncheons, there’s a real sense of fun to the three Frankland Estate wines that I’ve tried. A cheery celebration of some good fruit, well-structured tannins and fresh acidity, these are great for close friends, good friends and gossip. This isn’t a sacrificial wine that you take and don’t mind if it gets lost at a party, pick your friends that also love a decent wine with a bit of complexity and get amongst it
Vintage 2019 - James Suckling
(21/03/2022 at 6:47 PM)
Aromas of mulberries, dried herbs, earth and cloves. Medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Juicy and fleshy, with a creamy texture and spicy character at the finish. Drink or hold. From organically grown grapes. Screw cap. 92 points