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Frankland Estate

Poison Hill Vineyard Riesling 2016

Poison Hill Vineyard Riesling 2016

Since 2001 Frankland Estate has produced limited quantities of two additional single vineyard rieslings (Poison Hill & Cooladerra) to complement the Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling. The unconventional name of Poison Hill Vineyard is a result of it being located on the slopes of a hill where Heartleaf Clover is found.

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Wine Specs
James Halliday
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Aromas of lavender, rose petal and jasmine green tea are complemented by hints of spice and chalky-talc notes which lead into a soft, elegant yet flavoursome palate. A luxurious wine with a taughtness on the palate giving it real focus, it is distinguished by a pronounced juicy citrus tone and underlying talc/quartz-like minerality. The finely textured acidity provides a sensous mouthcoating of expressive fruit; think funky tropical, making this a charmingly complex wine. The undeniable balance and poise of this wine will allow for long term cellaring. A wet spring provided good early vine growth followed by a significant rain event in January which resulted in lower TA and higher pH. The riesling harvest commenced on the 1st of March and concluded the 5th March. Fruit was harvested in clean and ideal conditions.
Vineyard Notes
Planted in 1988 the small 3 hectare Poison Hill vineyard lies just on the northern edge of the Frankland River town site. The vineyard name resulted from it being located on a hill where the Heartleaf Bush, poisonous to all but indigenous animals, is found. Poison Hill has unique white clay and weathered quartz soils that are reflected in a complex, alluringly perfumed, silky textured wine. Like all vineyards in the Frankland River region it benefits from the cool nights and long, slow ripening period prior to harvest that promote maximum flavour development while maintaining the distinctive vibrant acidity for which rieslings from this region are renowned.
Winemaker Notes
Grapes are whole bunch pressed immediately on arrival at the winery with the juice left to settle in tank over night before being racked to fermentation vessel. The wine was then fermented in tank at low temperatures (less than 15°C) over 8 weeks with minimal intervention from our winemakers in order to obtain the purest expression of the pristine fruit from the Poison Hill vineyard.
Product Reviews
Vintage 2016 - Toni Paterson,'s Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Toni Paterson,
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(14/09/2017 at 2:13 PM)
“An outstanding single vineyard wine from Frankland River. Aromatically engaging with gentle lime juice and blossom aromas. The palate has a core of sweet-lemon creating a mouth-watering sensation, and there is a minerally undercurrent that adds depth and class. The wine is incredibly focused and intense. Limited quantities made. Excellent cellaring potential. Highly recommended.” 96 pts

Vintage 2016 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2018's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2018
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(14/09/2017 at 2:14 PM)
“Captivating and powerful from the word go starting with its lime and grapefruit flavours, wet rocks before it moves onto a mineral sensation with chalky acidity. Everything balanced with laser-precision accuracy and a joy to behold.”

Vintage 2016 - Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine
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(05/01/2018 at 4:28 PM)
"2016 Frankland Estate Poison Hill Riesling, like the Isolation Ridge, shows some extra width and juiciness, but not without delivering the bustling, flint and talc-like mineral characters that are typically found in the wine. It's heady in frangipani floral notes, green apple and exotic citrus character. The palate is set to green melon and white flesh stone-fruit flavours, but they are leaner rather than ripe. It finishes with a pleasing, squeaky-textured pucker."

Vintage 2016 - Ray Jordan, WA Sunday Times's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Ray Jordan, WA Sunday Times
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(05/01/2018 at 4:29 PM)
"Has the distinctive characters of this vineyard in Frankland River from the first sniff to the finishing crisp acid. Lemon and powdery bath salts on the nose. The palate is distinctly lemon with a fine chalky feel. Has a juicy acidity through to a long finish. Best drinking now to 2025." 94 pts

Vintage 2016 - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate's Gravatar
Vintage 2016 - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate
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(25/01/2018 at 4:34 PM)
"Refined notes of crushed stone and lime zest mark the nose of the 2016 Riesling Poison Hill. From a vineyard planted in 1988, this is a crisp, austere Riesling. It's light in body (11.3% alcohol), with a lean, wiry intensity to it that bodes well for extended aging. Lack patience? Drink it now with the season's best oysters." 92 pts

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