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Frankland Estate

SmithCullam Riesling 2017

SmithCullam Riesling 2017

This kabinett style riesling (containing 30 grams of residual sugar) is made from select low yielding vines within the Isolation Ridge vineyard. The conditions to make this wine do not occur every year. Elevated levels of acidity leading up to harvest allow the fruit to be harvested in clean optimal condition. a very cold fermentation is undertaken in 1000 litre French oak foudre. A long fermentation period is finished early leaving some residual sugar to give optimal balance. This allows the wine to show its true generosity and intensity of flavour.

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James Halliday
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
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
Vineyard Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.
Product Reviews
Vintage 2015 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017's Gravatar
Vintage 2015 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017
(14/09/2017 at 1:34 PM)
“Has well and truly established itself in the wine community; the finish is a magical blend of flint and fruit, the residual sugar perfectly balanced by titratable acidity; great length.” 96 pts

Vintage 2013 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015's Gravatar
Vintage 2013 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015
(14/09/2017 at 1:36 PM)
“A very highly regarded off-dry riesling, this year more in the Rheingau style than that of the Mosel Valley, the amount of residual sugar largely shaded by the acidity; that said, both the length and balance are very good, and it would be a sacrilege to drink any more than a bottle until 3 or 4 years down the track, and preferably far longer than that. The points are for the wine as it is today, not as it will be once it has learned to walk.” 95 pts

Vintage 2017 - Huon Hooke, The Real Review May 2018's Gravatar
Vintage 2017 - Huon Hooke, The Real Review May 2018
(21/06/2018 at 10:57 AM)
"Light, yellow colour, bright and fresh, the aroma very fresh and intense with lifted aromatics, which are more akin to a German than an Australian riesling. The wine is bright and fresh, crisp and intense, with a subtly off-dry balance. It's like a halbtrocken. Very fine, restrained, fresh and tense on the palate, with great potential. A superb wine, but it will be even better if cellared a few years." 96 pts

Vintage 2017 - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018's Gravatar
Vintage 2017 - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
(21/06/2018 at 11:00 AM)
"Fragrant and appealing ripe guava citrus aromas, white pepper underneath. Off-dry palate, quince, lime, frangipani and lime match the zingy acidity, tropical mango and lingering finish." 95 pts - Awarded Gold

Vintage 2017 - The Wine Front's Gravatar
Vintage 2017 - The Wine Front
(28/06/2018 at 12:18 PM)
"It's delicious for starters. It's intense with lime and orange oil-like flavour and it boasts an excellent start, a good middle and a terrific finish. It begs you to come back for more but it drives long through the finish too; it's quality all the way. Sweet-edged but thrilling. Quite beautiful." 93 pts

Vintage 2017 - Australian Wine Companion 2019's Gravatar
Vintage 2017 - Australian Wine Companion 2019
(03/08/2018 at 12:10 PM)
"Made in an off-dry style, and inevitably compared with its counterparts from the Mosel and Rheingau. Risking repetition, it is one of the few Australian rieslings that combines the intense, nervy minerality of these wines with pure and delightful varietal character, a testament to the region, vineyard and winemaker. A masterclass in poise and balance." 96 pts

Vintage 2017 -'s Gravatar
Vintage 2017 -
(16/08/2018 at 9:58 AM)
"This is excitingly youthful. Yet, it has a very complex array of spices, white peaches, citrus and stony minerally accents. The palate is very powerful, and the fruit ripeness is right on. There is a strong and tart grapefruit-like thread that holds the long finish. Best from 2022." 96 pts

2017 Vintage - Max Allen, Australian Financial Review's Gravatar
2017 Vintage - Max Allen, Australian Financial Review
(21/08/2018 at 5:15 PM)
"At this early stage of its life, it would be easy to mis-read this wine as a fun, grapey, pleasantly off-dry riesling. But there's a backbone of scintillating, nervy acidity, too, that will see it build in complexity and flavour satisfaction as it ages."

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