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Frankland Estate

Frankland Estate Shiraz 2018

Frankland Estate Shiraz 2018

95pts James Halliday - Weekend Australian

Open-fermented, extended maceration, 14 months maturation in French puncheons.  The deep purple colour sets the scene for a powerful, fragrant wine with poached spiced plum and ripe tannins, the French oak beating a delicate tattoo on the finish.  Drink to 2033.

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Wine Specs
Frankland River
James Halliday
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Floral and spice lift from the glass alluding to a shiraz of elegance and depth. The nose leads to a shiraz with middle weight and delicacy on the palate yet with substantial depth of flavour and complexity. Spice and ironstone earthiness sit well along the bright fruits of plum and red current that give the wine a juiciness and approachability whilst having great length and freshness. The complexity of this wine no doubt comes from the three clones of shiraz now grown in the estate vineyards and the seven small parcels used for this shiraz (making up 93.4% of the wine), supported by the use of small additions of Touriga Nacional (3.7%), Mourvèdre (1.3%), Marsanne (1.2%) and Malbec (0.4%).
93 James Suckling, 93 pts Mike Bennie, 95 James Halliday, 95 points. Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion 2021, 91 Houn Hooke
Vineyard Notes
2018 was one of the great vintages in the last 30 years particularly for shiraz. A wet spring provided good early vine growth followed by a cooler than average January and February. Some rain in January set the vines up nicely for the ideal dry finish we received. The summer cooled considerably in early March slowing ripening of the Shiraz and providing fruit clarity and depth of flavour.
Winemaker Notes
This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 28C in open fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by gentle plunging. An extended maceration period followed completion of the ferment to allow optimal texture and flavour extraction. It was aged for 14 months in 500 litre French oak puncheons and stainless steel tanks.
Other Notes
Certified Organic, Vegan Friendly

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

Vintage 2017 - Huon Hooke's Gravatar
Vintage 2017 - Huon Hooke
(22/04/2020 at 4:20 PM)
Medium to deep red colour with a good tinge of purple. The bouquet is spicy, earthy, savoury and far from simple although fruit-driven. Peppery elements too. It's medium-bodied and savoury, with firm drying tannins and some ironstone, minerally notes. It's very approachable already.

Vintage 2017 - Ned Goodwin - Halliday Wine Companion's Gravatar
Vintage 2017 - Ned Goodwin - Halliday Wine Companion
(18/08/2020 at 11:40 AM)
A superb estate release, drinking like a savoury highly aromatic paean to a luncheon quaffer from the northern Rhone. Think Crozes-Hermitage or a more heightened tier, Saint Joseph. Olive, charcuterie, iodine, blueberry and a long peppery skein of jitterbug freshness. A great drink now and across the mid-term. On point.

Vintage 2018 - Mike Bennie - The Wine Front's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
(07/01/2021 at 1:56 PM)
Lovely shiraz, bit of a treat. Graphite, clove, dark chocolate and ripe black cherry. Both dry and generous at once. Sweet-fruited and savoury. Nuanced. Flows effortlessly but there’s tannin here too. Medium-weight in a good way. All those things. 93 pts

Vintage 2018 - Huon Hooke - The Real Review's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Huon Hooke - The Real Review
(12/01/2021 at 6:08 PM)
Fresh aromas of red fruits, pepper and mixed spices, fragrant and stylish, the palate elegantly weighted and proportioned, with firm tannins bringing up the rear. Very approachable already

Vintage 2018 - Jancis Robinson's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Jancis Robinson
(21/05/2021 at 11:47 AM)
Bright crimson. Very clean and peppery with sweet fruit but real energy. Like the entry-level Riesling, this is a star! So obviously Syrah (rather than Shiraz) and really fresh and refreshing without being tart. Probably not for the long term but really delicious now. Quite long!

Vintage 2020 - James Halliday's Gravatar
Vintage 2020 - James Halliday
(30/06/2021 at 2:21 PM)
Open-fermented, extended maceration, 14 months maturation in French puncheons. The deep purple colour sets the scene for a powerful, fragrant wine with poached spiced plum and ripe tannins, the French oak beating a delicate tattoo on the finish. 14.5% alc, screwcap 95 points, drink to 2033

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