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Frankland Estate

SmithCullam Syrah 2020

SmithCullam Syrah 2020

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Wine Specs
Frankland River
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A brooding complexity of floral aromas and ferrous minerality giving the wine intent and seriousness. Tightly would acidity and tannin combine giving the wine a graphite/ferrous thread through the palate. A core of perfumed fruit and mid weighted style finish with a distinct earthy drive.
Vineyard Notes
Fruit for this wine was sourced from the original east west facing “Winery Block” planted on Isolation Ridge in 1988. 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 Isolation Ridge Vineyard is managed under organic certification (ACO certified organic since 2009), a sustainable practice that maximises the unique characteristics of the Isolation Ridge Vineyard to be expressed in this wine.
Winemaker Notes
This wine was fermented in small shallow open pot fermenters. Whole berries are used, and fermentation is initiated straight away, hand plunging is conducted to keep the ferment even and as gentle as possible, minimising extraction. Temperatures typically do not exceed 26C through the 10 – 15 day ferment. Some additional maturation on skins occurs until tannin integration and balance is seen. This wine was aged for 15 months in 3,500 litre French oak foudre.
Other Notes
Certified Organic, Vegan Friendly,

Product Reviews

Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar's Gravatar
Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
(17/06/2019 at 2:03 PM)
92/100 Opaque violet color. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet of cassis, cherry-cola, smoked meat, incense, licorice and black cardamom. Chewy, tightly focused cherry and dark berry flavors are firmed by dusty tannins and pick up a strong spicy quality with air. A very young blend with strong finishing grip and a persistent note of cola on the close. This refuses to let go of the palate.

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Robert Parker
(17/06/2019 at 2:06 PM)
92/100 First produced in 2005, the 2007 Smith Cullam Shiraz Cabernet is 2/3 Shiraz, 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 60% new French oak puncheons. Revealing a very deep garnet-purple colour, it has a slightly reduced nose with some rubber and tar notes over dried plums, game, cedar, chocolate, macerated blackberry, mushrooms, damp earth and pepper. Rich and full bodied in the mouth with medium-high acid and a medium to firm level of very fine grained tannins, it gives a very long finish. It will be best broached from 2012 to 2022+. 31/10/10

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Ray Jordan
(17/06/2019 at 2:08 PM)
91/100 Love this wine. It’s plump and generous with immense power presented with effortless and stylish ease. Dark plum and blackcurrant aroma with spicy savoury nuances and delightful cedary oak. It has great structure presence on the palate. Deep and concentrated palate with many years ahead of it. 2010

Scoop Magazine Winter 2009's Gravatar
Scoop Magazine Winter 2009
(17/06/2019 at 2:10 PM)
Silver Award. There is a depth of fruit that is quite clenched contained in this wine. It has focus and precision with the generosity of shiraz and the tightness of cabernet. It is quenching, has thickness with surging black fruit and will continue to offer drinking for many years to come.

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Max Crus
(17/06/2019 at 2:11 PM)
9.1/10 A wine so lovely upon opening that you will never taste at its best, perhaps in a couple of hours, because you can't wait. Feb 2010

2018 Vintage-Gary Walsh's Gravatar
2018 Vintage-Gary Walsh
(16/04/2020 at 5:36 PM)
It’s from the original east west facing “Winery Block” Syrah (94%) planted on Isolation Ridge in 1988. It also contains Viognier (5%) and Mourvèdre (1%). Raised in a 3,500 litre foudre. The quality of tannin is what marks it out as a special wine. It’s all stone and graphite, a landslide of wonderful tannin, wrapped in succulent black fruit, perfume of jasmine and cracked black pepper. It’s cool and long, distinctly ‘mineral’ and firm to close. A new benchmark for this producer. Drink : 2022 - 2032+

2018 Vintage - Nick Butler's Gravatar
2018 Vintage - Nick Butler
(22/04/2020 at 3:56 PM)
Deep crimson-red colour with brighter edges. A bouquet of tension showing graphite and raspberry liqueuer, cool-climate pepper, bay leaf and sage. A beautiful wine on first sip - tightly-wound, unfurling at its own pace with rhubarb, mulberries and red-berry acidity driving through to a soft-tannined finish. Pristine fruit.

2018 Vintage - Ken Gargett's Gravatar
2018 Vintage - Ken Gargett
(29/04/2020 at 3:35 PM)
Notes of mulberries, plums, dark berries, florals and tobacco leaf. Complex and supple. This is so wonderfully silky, with tannins like cashmere. Oak is perfectly melded into the wine. Impressive length and here the intensity is maintained throughout. A glorious red. 96.

Vintage 2018 - Ray Jordan's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Ray Jordan
(05/05/2020 at 6:09 PM)
A wine of enormous concentration and flavour impact, yet it does this with a medium body. Ripe satsuma spicy plum characters and just a little licorice. It has a subtle gamey, meaty minerality in the palate with a deep succulent middle. Fine and so elegant. It's another groundbreaker from this vintage for Frankland Estate. 97 Pts

Vintage 2018 - Ned Goodwin - Halliday Wine Companion's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Ned Goodwin - Halliday Wine Companion
(18/08/2020 at 11:51 AM)
An idyllic selection across the Isolation Ridge zone. And it shows. Clearly. Strongly. Distinctively. The tannins more polished; the peppery blueberry to dark cherry scents, vibrant and transparent. This is delicious, with a fidelity to the Frankland briar and olive scents palpable, pure and uncluttered. I dig this.

Vintage 2019 - Mike Bennie's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - Mike Bennie
(22/04/2021 at 6:05 PM)
Top of the tree Frankland Estate wine. Soft, gentle, detailed red of spice, savouriness and very pure feeling and unadorned fruit character. Has some pretty sweetness balanced nicely by fresh acidity, a good deal of fruit concentration, and a general sense of elegance comes to mind. Bright finish, a little crunchy, says hold off drinking […]

Vintage 2019 - Huon Hooke's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - Huon Hooke
(21/05/2021 at 11:12 AM)
Deep, bright purple/red colour, the bouquet shows violets, cranberry and blueberry, with meaty spicy overtones, and a note of bunchy 'forest floor' adding extra interest. The wine is very intense, full-bodied but elegantly styled, with tremendous length and balance. Wow, this is impressive cool-climate shiraz: spicy but ripe and powerful in its relatively understated way. 97 points.

Vintage 2019 - Tony Love - Halliday Wine Companion's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - Tony Love - Halliday Wine Companion
(13/08/2021 at 2:04 PM)
More specific sourcing within the Isolation Ridge vineyard, a section no doubt that brings that little extra va-voom to the way shiraz works here. Enticing floral fragrance as well as a stony, gravelly sense, deliciously attractive and toned on the palate. There's a purity to this wine that enhances all that's on offer. 95pts

Vintage 2018 - Jancis Robinson's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Jancis Robinson
(21/03/2022 at 6:16 PM)
Deep crimson. Exotic nose does not express Syrah but, I assume, the terroir here. Complex wine that deserves a bit of time. Subtle texture and very refreshing. Should not be viewed as a varietal Syrah. Real life on the end of this obviously certified organic fruit-derived wine. 17pts

Vintage 2019 - Mike Bennie - AWBM's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - Mike Bennie - AWBM
(21/03/2022 at 6:18 PM)
Magnificent example of medium bodied, perfumed, velvety textured red wine where tannin and acidity parley with just-ripe, spice-laden fruit to produce a wine that resonates as a memorable experience. It speaks fluently of Great Southern's righteous Shiraz credentials, elegant, refined, poised, energetic. A wonderful red 15.5% 94 points

Vintage 2019 - James Suckling's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - James Suckling
(21/03/2022 at 6:19 PM)
This has a complex and spicy nose with fine white-pepper aromas, as well as blackberry and red plum. The palate holds an elegant and long line of flavor with finely layered tannins carrying red plums and pepper. Drink or hold. Screw cap. 95 points

Vintage 2020 - Huon Hooke - The Real Review's Gravatar
Vintage 2020 - Huon Hooke - The Real Review
(21/03/2022 at 6:21 PM)
The colour has remarkable depth and youthful purpliness, with aromas that leap out of the glass and smack of blackberry, cassis and raspberry, floral and with the subtlest suggestion of jam. In the mouth, it's soft and round, supple and medium to full-bodied, with a fruit sweetness that really charms. It tastes like a blend rather than a pure shiraz (viognier?). The tannins are mild and svelte. A lovely wine with a big future in front of it. 95 points

Vintage 2020 - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front's Gravatar
Vintage 2020 - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
(14/04/2022 at 11:10 AM)
The integration of oak and fruit is excellent here. Smoky bacon and black cherry flavours come across as seamless and united, apple juice acidity and raspberry notes adding freshness and brightness respectively. The smokiness of this wine is overt but positive, the assertive but well-folded (grainy) tannin likewise, so too the gentle woodiness bitterness on the finish. What I like most here is that there is flavour at every step: in the tannin, in the acidity, in the body and in the finish

Vintage 2020 - Ray Jordan, West Australian Newspaper's Gravatar
Vintage 2020 - Ray Jordan, West Australian Newspaper
(03/06/2022 at 1:37 PM)
This super wine comes from the original east west facing winery block planed back in 1988. It is an immensely powerful wine of great length, yet there is elegance and poise here. Those distinctive ironstone grainy tannins provide such profound structural integrity while the decision to mature in large format 3500L oak ensured that the natural freshness and vibrancy is maintained. A little mourvèdre and viognier bring just a little more into the nose. Great stuff. 98 pts

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