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Frankland Estate

Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2017

Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2017

The Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz 2017 is award-winning, taking out the 2019 Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz, 2019 Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine Trophy and 2019 Best West Australian Shiraz at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. 

“We would have been honoured to just take the title of Best WA Shiraz! However, winning three trophies, including Best Shiraz in Show and Best Organic Wine, is mind-blowing.” - Brian Kent, Head Winemaker.

“…these distinctive wines (Frankland Estate) are totally different from any other Australian wine I have tasted. What sets them apart is an underlying singular graphite-like character that gives them an earthy, terroir driven quality in both the aromatics and flavours….” - Robert Parker.

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. Our Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz aims to capture all the quintessential fruit opulence, black pepper and spice notes for which the region has become renowned.

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Wine Specs
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Initially brooding and dark opening up to a bright fresh wine. Hints of black olive and an iodine saltiness combine with fresh toasty oak, spice and black pepper. A sweet core of red currant and plum flavoured fruit leads into the subtle use of French oak which sits comfortably with the fine-grained tannins giving the wine a presence and length. Savoury, briary fruits lead into an enticing ironstone flinty note and mineral complexity. The small addition of viognier and malbec add to the wines complexity. A fine example of an outstanding vintage in Frankland River, it is approachable now but has the structure and finesse to reward long term cellaring. To truly experience, decant this wine while young. Dry mild conditions provided another ideal vintage in the Frankland River region. This provided balance, elegance and complexity to the wine which will benefit ageing.
"Frankland Estate has emerged as one of the great vineyards of Australia" - Huon Hooke
The 2019 Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz, 2019 Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine Trophy, 2019 Best West Australian Shiraz
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 vine canopy is trained on a combination of vertical shoot and Geneva Double Curtin (GDC). The Isolation Ridge Vineyard is managed under organic principles (certified organic 2010), a practice we feel important for reflecting the uniqueness of site.
Winemaker Notes
This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 20C 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 optima, flavour and tannin extraction. It was aged for 18 months in 500 litre French oak puncheons.
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