A complex, beautifully balanced combination of fruit intensity, sweetness and acidity, resulting in a wine of exceptional elegance and poise. The 19 grams per litre of residual sugar is counterbalanced by the refreshing varietal acidity of the Geisenheim clone; resulting in an ‘off-dry’ elegant wine that is fragrant, delicate yet achieving presence.
A wet spring provided good early vine growth, a dry summer with some minor rain events in January and early February kept the dry grown vines in optimal health. A cool finish to the growing season provided an almost ideal finish. The riesling harvest commenced 7 to 10 days later than normal on the 28th of March and concluded on the 6th April. Fruit was harvested in clean and ideal condition.
Gold - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
The Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate is now farmed using organic viticultural practices resulting in greater depth and concentration to our wines. The vineyard sits on an undulating northern and eastern facing slope on ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. Fruit for this wine was sourced from Geisenheim clone Riesling vines planted in 1988. This clone is renowned for retaining high levels of acidity throughout the vintage, this providing a natural counterbalance to the residual sweetness in this wine.
Handpicked when ripe in the early morning and whole-bunch pressed for fermentation in 1000 litre French oak ‘foudre’ over 4 weeks. Towards the end of fermentation, when the ideal balance of sugar, fruit weight and acidity had been achieved, the wine was chilled to arrest fermentation.