Frankland Estate Chardonnay 2020
Complex fruit profile of nectarine, spice, subtle almond and light toasty nuances layered with yellow florals of calendula and marjoram. Soft and rounded with a gentle textural influence leading to an elegant and focused palate. 100% organically grown chardonnay from the Isolation Ridge vineyard. Textural and creamy with delicacy up front which carries through the length of the palate and is balanced by a mouth-watering playful acidity. Lemon/mandarin and nectarines give some beautiful fruit sweetness and weight to the mid palate A light touch of new oak lends the wine a lovely length and focus which is elegant and gentle in equal measure. There is a complex textured component which plays beautifully with the acid to deliver a refined chardonnay offering.
Organically grown fruit for this wine was sourced from three different locations in our 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 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 (25% new oak) for wild yeast fermentation. Some barrel stirring through fermentation and post fermentation occurs resulting in a wine with complexity and individuality. The wine was transferred out of barrel after 10 months on lees before being bottled.
Certified Organic, Vegan Friendly
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, www.therealreview.com
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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 - jamessuckling.com
(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
(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
Vintage 2017 - Toni Paterson
(22/04/2020 at 4:33 PM)
Good intensity with citrus aromas and a hint of lemon butter. The fruit has impressive depth with gorgeous grapefruit flavours and just a hint of attractive nuttiness. Well-balanced and delicious
Vintage 2018 - Ned Goodwin - Halliday Wine Companion
(12/08/2020 at 11:50 AM)
Always a pillowy, bumptious chardonnay hewn of a gentle chord of tension, usurped by the sheer generosity of stone fruit, toasted hazelnut and creamy nougat-cashew core. There is nothing fat about this, but the softer seams avail an earlier drinking window than most. All the better for it.
Vintage 2019 - Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
(07/01/2021 at 2:03 PM)
Chardonnay from the Frankland River region. It’s a taut, tense chardonnay. It’s likely to be a better drink in maybe 12 months from now. It tastes of custard apple and flint, pear and white peach, citrus and smoke. It feels dry, almost steely. The finish is so taut that it never really stands a chance, or not right now anyway. Like the overall style of this; juicy and flavoursome but dry and direct. 90+ Pts
Vintage 2019 - Huon Hooke - The Real Review
(12/01/2021 at 6:06 PM)
Light to mid, bright yellow hue. The bouquet has grapefruit, passionfruit and fresh garden herb aromas. Clean, fresh and vibrant. Good intensity and refinement; direct, incisive flavours, with decent persistence. Fruit drives the wine, ably assisted by lively acidity. A fine wine.
Vintage 2019 - Regan Drew, The Chronicle
(27/01/2021 at 2:32 PM)
Steely and bright Lemon/Lime and grapefruit citrus with smoky oak influences and a touch of butter wrap. Delectable palate, rich with flavours of grapefruit and peach which draws tight then closes out crisp and refreshing. 93 points.
Vintage 2019 - Tony Love - Halliday Wine Companion
(13/08/2021 at 5:02 PM)
Enticing intensity to begin, with big nectarine and lime waftings. Slightly charry in the rear. A fuller expression of the variety, rich in flavour – and noteworthy because of it. 93pts
Vintage 2020 - Windsor Dobbin, Ciao Magazine
(31/08/2021 at 1:15 PM)
Treat from the west Frankland Estate is one of the leading producers in the remote Great Southern region of Western Australia; with fruit grown on a sheep farming property. The brand is probably best known for its stellar dry rieslings, but this chardonnay is very much in the zone with fruit and subtle oak in complete harmony. Still very youthful, this would pair brilliantly with an old-fashioned roast pork and crackling. Certified organic and vegan friendly.