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Frankland Estate

Olmo’s Reward 2014

Olmo’s Reward 2014

Olmo’s Reward is named after Dr Harold Olmo, the Californian viticulturist who in 1956 first identified the potential of the Frankland River region to produce premium wines. Cabernet Franc is the dominant component of Olmo’s Reward, typically malbec, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot play minor supporting roles giving additional complexity. A wine with complexity and subtlety yet an impressive underlying power.

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Wine Specs
James Halliday
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep crimson red with purple hues. Entwines hints of vanilla, plum, currants and cherry. Fresh and bright, a delicate palate to start showing freshness and bright sweet fruit, red-berries, plum and lifted floral notes. The tightly woven palate has fine grained gravely tannins, slight mocha and savoury earthy notes. The palate is flavoursome and persistent. A very refined, beautifully balanced and effortlessly elegant wine with the structure and fruit intensity to richly reward further cellaring.
Vineyard Notes
All three varieties used in the blend were dry-grown on mature vines in the Isolation Ridge Vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard sits on an undulating northern and eastern facing slope on ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. It is farmed using organic viticultural practices (certified organic in 2010) and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavours. The vines are trained on a combination of Scott Henry Trellis system and vertical shoot attention to detail during the growing season encourages flavour development and promotes balance in the wine.
Winemaker Notes
Each variety was fermented separately as slowly as possible at temperatures not exceeding 27°C. Open fermentation tanks facilitated working the cap with gentle plunging and pumping over. After fermentation, an extended maceration period allowed desired colour, flavour and tannin extraction. The component wines were blended on completion of the malolactic fermentation and then aged in French Oak for 15 months.
Product Reviews
Vintage 2014 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2018's Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2018
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(14/09/2017 at 1:11 PM)
“The finest, most complete Olmo’s Reward to date comprising cabernet franc 58% /cabernet sauvignon 26%/malbec 11%/petit verdot 5%. Red fruits, earth and spice sashay across the medium-bodied frame meeting finely crafted tannins. Pure and long on the finish and seems effortless. Certainly effortless to drink.” 96 pts

Vintage 2014 - Mike Bennie,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - Mike Bennie,
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(14/09/2017 at 1:12 PM)
“Compelling wine. Riveted to green herbs, violets, choc-cherry-mint, dark cherry/berry fruit character, a touch of earthiness and black olive thing going on. Sarsaparilla, herbs and earthiness to taste, all set in a very svelte, dark, brooding frame. Midnight across the palate, stealthy, long as you like, tightening with fine tannins and a touch of succulent sweetness as it closes. Magnificent feel here.” 94 pts

Vintage 2013 - Jamie Goode,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2013 - Jamie Goode,
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(14/09/2017 at 1:15 PM)
“This is named after Dr Harold Olmo who first identified the viticultural potential of Frankland River in Western Australia, well before it was planted. It’s based on Cabernet Franc, with other Bordeaux varieties making up the mix. This is so fresh and direct with a lovely bright black cherry and blackcurrant core, with supple juicy leafy berry notes. There’s good concentration and acidity here, with some richness but also spicy minty freshness. Still primary, with a bright future ahead of it. A really lovely, fresh, balanced wine.” 94 pts

Vintage 2013 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017's Gravatar
Vintage 2013 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017
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(14/09/2017 at 1:15 PM)
“An estate blend, the major part cabernet franc and malbec, with a small portion of cabernet sauvignon. It has a phalanx of predominantly red-berry fruits on its bouquet and elegant, medium-bodied palate; the tannin and oak contribution is minor, albeit necessary.” 95 pts

Vintage 2014 - Huon Hooke,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2014 - Huon Hooke,
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(05/01/2018 at 4:18 PM)
"Deep, youthful, bright red/purple colour. The first nose shows some ironstone, ferrous mineral notes while the palate is intense and young, bright and edgy, with youthful vigour and a faint suggestion of volatility. There are attractive sweet berry flavours buried in the palate also. These take time (and air) to emerge fully. Firm tannins to close. A good wine with serious cellaring potential..." 92 pts

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