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Frankland Estate Shiraz 2017

Frankland Estate Shiraz 2017

The Frankland River region is recognised as one of Australia’s finest shiraz growing regions. The Mediterranean climate of warm days and cold nights, combined with the unique ironstone soil found in our Isolation Ridge Vineyard produces shiraz of power, refinement and finesse.

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Wine Specs
James Halliday
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
90% Shiraz, 5% Malbec, 3% Marsanne and 2% Viognier from the Frankland River region. Lifted aromas of cedar combine seamlessly with black pepper spice and subtle cloves, blue fruits, young berries and Damson plums to create a soft juicy palate. Lovely textural tannins produce an elegant cool climate Shiraz. A wet spring provided good early vine growth followed by a dry and warmer than average January and February. The summer cooled considerably in early March slowing ripening with the Shiraz harvest starting on the 17th March and concluding the 26th March. Fruit was harvested in clean and ideal condition.
Vineyard Notes
This wine was made from Shiraz, Malbec and a splash of Marsanne and Viognier grown on the family’s estate vineyard. A selection of fruit was harvested from the younger vines planted 2006 on a high ironstone rocky ridge and the original vines around the winery. The Isolation Ridge vineyard is managed under organic principals (certified organic 2010), a practice we feel is important for reflecting the uniqueness of the site.
Winemaker Notes
This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 30C in open fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by plunging and gently pumping over. An extended maceration period followed completion of the ferment to allow optimal colour, flavour and tannin extraction. It was aged for 18 months in 500 litre French oak puncheons.
Product Reviews
Vintage 2015 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2018's Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2018
(14/09/2017 at 3:06 PM)
“Bright, full crimson-purple; the variety and the terroir seek to impose each one’s stamp over the other, both failing in their attempt, the perfect win-win outcome. Blackberry fruit, spice and black pepper lead the way on the bouquet and medium-bodied palate alike, French oak (subtle) and tannins (ripe, but fine) completing a great portrait of cool-grown shiraz.”

Vintage 2015 - Jamie Goode,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - Jamie Goode,
(14/09/2017 at 3:07 PM)
“I love the vivid, meaty black cherry and blackberry fruit here. Sweet but very fresh with good acidity, and a peppery, detailed edge. There’s a slight leafy edge and nice grip. Deliciously focused, this is a very stylish cool-climate expression of shiraz.” 92 pts

Vintage 2015 - Toni Paterson,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - Toni Paterson,
(14/09/2017 at 3:08 PM)
“Light, spicy and fragrant. Crushed green peppercorns, red rose petals and raspberries. The palate is red fruited and concentrated, though is packaged into a medium-bodied palate. Beautiful energy and expression. Youthful and bright. Lovely.”

Vintage 2015 - Julia Harding,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - Julia Harding,
(14/09/2017 at 3:08 PM)
“deep cherry red. Fine dusty/mineral quality to the dark fruit and black pepper spice. More red-fruited on the palate with both fruit and oak sweetness. Refined tannin texture with just a slight chew at this youthful moment, and a juicy, moreish finish. Well balanced enough for several years’ beneficial ageing, or drink it now on the lively fruit.” 16/20 pts

Vintage 2015 - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate's Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
(25/01/2018 at 4:37 PM)
"Made in a fruit-forward style, the 2015 Shiraz offers intense aromas of violets and black cherries with just a modicum of spice. It's medium to full-bodied, with hints of leather chiming in on the palate to give the wine a savory edge on the silky-textured finish. Drink it over the next few years." 89 pts

Vintage 2015 - Wine Enthusiast's Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - Wine Enthusiast
(25/01/2018 at 4:46 PM)
"Shiraz from the cool climes of the Great Southern region of Western Australia is a far cry from their rich, sunshine-infused South Aussie counterparts. Frankland Estate is one of the leaders of this more restrained, medium-bodied style. Their estate Shiraz is bursting with ripe blue fruit, vanilla, smoky cedar and baking spices. The palate is silky and elegant, with juicy fruit and savory tannins." 92 pts

Vintage 2016 - Ronn Wiegand, Winter 2019 Restaurant Wine Newsletter's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Ronn Wiegand, Winter 2019 Restaurant Wine Newsletter
(25/06/2019 at 1:40 PM)
"Wonderful Shiraz, in an elegant style - and a terrific value. It is aromatic and complex; a wine with intense fruitness and light oakiness (boysenberry, red currant, plum, cooked meat, min, violet, pepper, spicy oak), excellent balance and a long finish. Great value. 90% Shiraz, 5% Malbec, 3% Marsanne, 2% Viognier, from the certified organic Isolation RIdge vineyard. Aged 18 months in French oak puncheons."

Vintage 2017 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2020's Gravatar
Vintage 2017 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2020
(16/08/2019 at 12:36 PM)
"Retains its good colour; the bouquet and palate alike have started to develop the complex spicy, savoury forest floor characters that are the mark of topflight pinot noir. The length of the palate is of itself a measure of the quality of this wine, and the great vintage promises even more down the track."95pts

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