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Frankland Estate Chardonnay 2018

Frankland Estate Chardonnay 2018

Frankland Estate Chardonnay is renowned for its millerandage or ‘hen and chicken’ combination of large and small berries in the same bunch. This results in low yields, especially where the proportion of small berries is high and, typically, produces highly concentrated flavours.

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Tasting Notes
100% organically grown chardonnay from the Isolation Ridge vineyard. Lifted blossom florals and white stone fruit. Lovely mineraltiy. The palate has lovely generosity on the front palate, well integrated oak that leads into an elegant soft and focused palate. There is a complex textured component which plays beautifully with the acid to create a delightful and charming chardonnay. A wet spring provided good early vine growth followed by a significant rain event in January which resulted in lower TA and higher pH. Harvested in the last few days of February, fruit was in clean and ideal condition.
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 vines are all from the low yielding (Mendoza) clone renowned for its “hen and chicken’ combination of large and small berries in the same bunch. This results in highly concentrated fruit flavours. The vine canopy is trained on a combination of vertical shoot and Scott Henry trellis to allow increased air circulation. The Isolation Ridge Vineyard is managed under organic principles, a practice we feel important for reflecting terror driven wines.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit is lightly pressed into stainless steel tanks and allowed to settle for 24 hours. The juice is then racked off its heavy lees to 500 litre French puncheons for wild yeast fermentation. Some barrel stirring through fermentation and post fermentation occurred resulting in a wine with complexity and individuality. The wine was transferred out of barrel after 10 months on lees before being bottled. Minimal sulphur additions made prior to bottling.
Product Reviews
Vintage 2015 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2018's Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2018
(14/09/2017 at 2:21 PM)
“Frankland Estate has been working diligently on its chardonnay particularly in the vineyard and it’s starting to show. Lemon-barley water, citrus zest with some ginger spice and daikon radish crunch to the mouthwatering acidity, linear and very refined.” 94 pts

Vintage 2015 - Huon Hooke,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - Huon Hooke,
(14/09/2017 at 2:22 PM)
“Bright, light yellow colour with a lightly toasty cashew nut and grapefruit bouquet, fresh youthful and vibrant, the palate likewise brisk and fresh, crisp and tangy with firmness and tension. It’s medium concentrated. The finish is salty, minerally and very dry. Lip-smacking aftertaste…It is great value for money.” 93 pts

Vintage 2016 - Huon Hooke, The Real Review May 2018's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Huon Hooke, The Real Review May 2018
(21/06/2018 at 11:41 AM)
"Bright, medium coloured with restrained, subtle but fresh creamy lees, cashew nut and lemon/citrus fruit flavours. It's fresh and bright, nervy and quite intense, with lovely clarity and balance. There's a grapefruit note, too. Lovely wine, drinking well now. Fruit drives it but it's also complex." 93 pts

Vintage 2016 - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
(28/06/2018 at 12:28 PM)
"Citrussy. Tip-and-run style with pear/citrus/white peach fruit bursting out of the blocks and running fast through the palate. Drinking it is like racing through the rapids. It's refreshing but it has a bit of style too. Lots of length. Drinks well now but it should have a future." 91+ pts

Vintage 2016 - Australian Wine Companion 2019's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Australian Wine Companion 2019
(03/08/2018 at 12:16 PM)
"Gets off to a good start with a lovely glowing green-gold colour in the glass. A complex but understated style which will continue to build in the bottle no doubt. Fruit characters are mainly in the citrus vein with some spice and savoury input from the oak seamlessly meshed. Fine and long on the palate with a slinkiness of texture held in a taut, convincing framework." 94 pts

Vintage 2016 - Gourmet Traveller Wine Aug/Sep 2018's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Gourmet Traveller Wine Aug/Sep 2018
(03/08/2018 at 12:17 PM)
"This label is renowned for riesling, but this is a refined, bright chardonnay emphasising creamy lees with lemon, grapefruit and cashew characters. There's a lovely clarity and precision to its palate, the nervy acidity driving the flavour through a long finish." 93 pts

Vintage 2016 -'s Gravatar
Vintage 2016 -
(16/08/2018 at 10:03 AM)
"An attractive nose with some reductive complexity across neat, peachy chardonnay fruits. The palate has a subtly creamy edge and a lick of spicy oak that plays neatly into ripe stone fruits." 91 pts

Vintage 2017-Huon Hooke, The Real Review's Gravatar
Vintage 2017-Huon Hooke, The Real Review
(17/06/2019 at 2:39 PM)
90/100 Light yellow colour with a spicy, smoky reduction bouquet, which is quite complex and inviting. Its mid-palate is fine and restrained but loaded with grapefruit flavours, the palate refined and taut, long and crisp, with lively energy and a clean, crisp and dry follow-through. Grapefruit flavours are the main event. 31 MAR 2019

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