Barolo, Frankland River

One of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions often referred to as “the Burgundy of Italy”. The now DOCG status region is renowned for producing some of Italy's finest red wines from 100% Nebbiolo.

The appellation of Barolo is located in the south of the state of Piedmont in the very north-west of Italy. The town of Barolo for which the region is named is located in the Monferrato foothills, which are a set of picturesque rolling hillsides and bordered to the north and west by the Tanaro River. The whole region sits about half-way between the major port of north-west Italy, Genoa to the south-east, and capital city Turin to the north-west. The heart of the Barolo vineyard zone, established in 1896, covers the parishes of Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba, La Morra, Serralunga d’Alba and Barolo itself, and is supplemented by parts of the townships of Novello, Verduno and Grinzane Cavour, added in 1934 to the official regional classification, and then by Diano d’Alba, Cherasco and Roddi added in 1966.

The wines made are typically fragrant and tannic with a depth of flavour and finesse like no other earning them the coveted title of ‘the King of Wines’ for centuries. Winemaking practices vary within the defined methods that the DOCG allows but there is a distinct modern and traditional divide in preferred styles.

The region has two major soil types - a sandy Tortonian marl producing a softer wine and a Helvetian sandstone clay that is known for a more robust style. The continental climate, with a long summer and late autumn enables the fickle grape to reach the perfect ripeness to create these stunning wines.

Records show that Nebbiolo has been grown in Piedmont since at least the 13th century, though despite this long history and the high quality of the wines it can produce, it is not grown in many other wine regions. For the grape grower and winemaker, making great wine out of Nebbiolo is a balancing act; it naturally possesses an incredibly high amount of acidity, and the thick skins transfer a huge amount of thick, chalky tannins into the wine. Balancing these two elements, as well as enticing out the enchanting ‘tar and roses’ notes from the grapes is the key to good Nebbiolo.
Home to some of the oldest grapevines in Western Australia, the Frankland River wine region is one of the five subregions of the Great Southern, Western Australia and is located at the northwestern corner of the region. In 1956, the wine growing potential of this land was first determined by a renowned viticulturalist from the United States called Dr. Harold Olmo. He noted that the climate was similar to that of Bordeaux, France, where the summers are cool which holds the key to excellent grape ripening conditions.

The river valley of this region plays an important part to the climate of the region. During the winter and spring time, it creates air circulation between the land and sea that keeps the frost at bay, which help reduce problems of vine frosting. In the summer, the river valley helps funnel cool air north from the ocean that helps cool down the grapevines during the afternoon heat, prolonging the ripening period for wine grapes. Thanks to its relatively warm mediterranean climate, the Frankland River region holds the most ideal conditions for producing the high quality wines the area is celebrated for, such as Riesling, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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  1. Harewood Estate Shiraz 2015
    The individual batches were fermented in small open fermenters and then matured in a mixture of new and one year old French oak barriques.Following nine months in oak, the wines were assessed and blended, then returned to barrel for ... Learn More
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  2. Houghton 'The Bandit' Shiraz 2015
    Gold Medals - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2016 Perth Royal Wine Show 2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016 Trophy - The Brisbane Club Best Shiraz of Show and RNA Best Red ... Learn More
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  3. Frankland Estate Riesling 2019
    With aromas of white citrus flower and blossom this wine starts with alluring appeal. The soft and approachable start builds with a combination of lime, bath salts and mandarin pith. The richness of fruit is highlighted by the texture, spice ... Learn More
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  4. Frankland Estate Shiraz 2016
    97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier from the Frankland River region. Fresh lifted aromas of plums and cherries abound with black pepper and spice. Earthy savoury hints combine seamlessly with subtle oak flavours. Dried herbs and spice on the palate is balanced with ... Learn More
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  5. Ravensworth 'The Long Way Around' Bianco 2020
    We made no wine from our NSW vineyards due to extreme smoke taint concentrations from the bushfires that ravaged our region from December to late January 2020. With this on our minds we headed west, as far as we could go ... Learn More
  6. Frankland Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Wafts of dark chocolate, cedar and dried Italian mixed herbs are complemented by lifted red currants and mulberry. The palate is opulent yet focused. Ripe fruit abounds, balanced by mouth coating chalky tannin, which gives the wine texture and length. ... Learn More
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  7. Alkoomi Blackbutt 2008
    Alkoomi (a name taken from a local aboriginal dialect meaning “a place we chose”) is a family owned and operated winery run by Sandy and Rod Hallett. Their fruit is 100% estate grown in the cool climate of Frankland River, a ... Learn More
    Alkoomi Blackbutt 2008
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  8. 3 Oceans The Explorers Shiraz 2013
    Established in 2008, 3 Oceans is a boutique winery located in the Margaret River. Named after the three oceans surrounding Australia, this is a young producer that waves the flag for premium, cool climate Aussie wines with pride and passion. Led by ... Learn More
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    Ray Jordan
  9. Frankland Estate 'Isolation Ridge' Riesling 2018
    Framed organically (certified) contributing to this consistently being ranked among the best in Australia. The wine leaps out of the glass with perfumed white citrus florals, spice and grapefruit. A real generosity and poise on the palate. Ripe juicy limes ... Learn More
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  10. Frankland Estate 'Poison Hill' Riesling 2018
    A complex, alluringly perfumed, silky textured wine. Aromas of lavender, rose petal and jasmine green tea are complemented by hints of spice and chalky-talc notes. The nose leads into a soft, elegant yet flavoursome palate. A luxurious wine with a ... Learn More
  11. Frankland Estate 'Isolation Ridge' Riesling 2016
    Complex and perfumed on the nose it has alluring citrus pith, zesty orange, lime and cumquat. Delicate flavours of spice and ironstone mineral undertones. There is a real softness and generosity of fruit on the front and mid palate. The ... Learn More
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  12. Swinney Grenache 2019
    The rise of Australian Grenache continues across the country and Swinney have come out of nowhere to stake a claim for Western Australia and the Frankland River. That tension, that length! All here. Such a good wine. - Gary Walsh ... Learn More
    Swinney Grenache 2019
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    Huon Hooke
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  13. Frankland Estate 'Isolation Ridge' Shiraz 2018
    The Frankland Estate team was the big winner at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards in October 2019, winning the prestigious Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz, as well as gongs for Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine and Best Western Australian Shiraz. ... Learn More
  14. Frankland Estate 'Isolation Ridge' Shiraz 2017
    The Frankland Estate team was the big winner at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards in October 2019, winning the prestigious Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz, as well as gongs for Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine and Best Western Australian Shiraz. ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  15. Gd Vajra Barbera D'Alba 2018
    Totally opaque black dark red core with a bright deep purple red hue. A fragrant nose of ripe, freshly crushed berries combines with hints of violets, subtle liquorice, inky earth and spice scents. Juicy and vibrant the palate is filled ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  16. Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2017 375ml (Pre arrival ETA May 2021)
    The grapes are selected from very important small vineyards in the Barolo region. The 2017 Barolo Castiglione is a wild, exotic wine. Super-ripe red cherry, kirsch, cinnamon, tobacco, new leather and rose petal all flesh out in this ample, voluptuous Barolo ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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  17. Linnaea Vineyards 'Trifulau' Docg Barolo 2013
    Linnaea Vineyards is not your typical wine producer. Born of the intense passion of Michelle Edwards and Daniel Fischl. Daniel is an Australian born winemaker of the highest acclaim, while Michelle is a Californian Agricultural Scientist of international accolade. These ... Learn More
  18. Ascheri Barolo 2015
    Dottore (Doctor) Matteo Ascheri is not only the 5th generation owner and winemaker of his family estate (established 1880), he also runs a 4 star resort and traditional 'Osteria' (restaurant) next to the winery in Bra. In addition to this, Matteo is ... Learn More
    Ascheri Barolo 2015
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  19. Principiano Ferdinando Barolo Serralunga 2012
    Classic floral rose petal aromas alongside ripe red fruit and spices. The palate is warm and displays ripe fruit. Richly tannic but with enough softness to be drunk young. Great Nebbiolo. Fantastic value Barolo from a quality focused natural wine ... Learn More
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  20. Oddero Barolo Classico 2015
    The wines coming from the different vineyards are aged separately in 40, 60 and 75 –hectolitre Slavonian and Austrian oak barrels for 30 months. The wines are blended in the spring, then bottled at the end of the summer and aged in the bottle ... Learn More
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  21. Giovanni Rosso Barolo Del Comune Di Serralunga 2016
    AROMA Fine and deep, introduced by Mediterranean citrusy sensations, followed by violet, bergamot, wet stones, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. PALATE Juicy; progressive delicate tannins and vibrant acidity. Neat and savoury finish. ... Learn More
  22. Gd Vajra Barolo ‘Albe’ 2014
    Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. ... Learn More
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  23. Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2015
    The grapes are selected from small vineyards spread in the Barolo region. The vines are between 8 and 41 years old, planted in a clay-limestone soil. Plants are trained with guyot method, with an average density of roughly 4500 units per hectare. All ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Antonio Galloni
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  24. Massolino Barolo 2015
    First produced in 1911, the fruit for Massolino's classic cuvée is selected from seven sites (inc. Briccolina, Collaretto, Broglio and Le Turne), representing roughly seven hectares of prime-sited Serralunga vineyards. The oldest vines that feed this bottling are 55 years old ( ... Learn More
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  25. Gd Vajra Barolo ‘Albe’ 2016
    Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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  26. Massolino Barolo 2016
    AWARDED #7 IN WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE'S TOP 100 WINES OF 2020. First produced in 1911, the fruit for Massolino’s classic cuvée is selected from seven sites across roughly seven hectares of prime-sited Serralunga vineyards. The most important of these sites—Briccolina, Collareto, ... Learn More
    Massolino Barolo 2016
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  27. Cascina Fontana Barolo 2013
    "A blend of Castiglione Falletto and some La Morra this year. I just love 2013: it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I bought three of this, and three of the new Comune di Castiglione Falletto. In terms of style, ... Learn More
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  28. Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2016
    "Vietti's 2016 Barolos are stratospheric." - Antonio Galloni The 2016 Barolo Castiglione is a dazzling wine that will show readers just how compelling this vintage is, even among entry-level wines from top producers. Rich, ample and explosive, the 2016 possesses tremendous richness and ... Learn More
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  29. Monchiero Rocche Di Castiglione Barolo 2016
    Wonderful perfume of dried rose and spice, some dried herb too, ripe raspberry and cherry, silky and slate-y tannin, full ripeness but controlled and tethered. It sits somewhere around medium-bodied, feels svelte and refined, and goes long. Classic Rocche, and ... Learn More
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  30. Marcarini Barolo La Serra 2016
    All about finesse, this ethereally elegant red opens with scents of rose, crushed mint, red berry and hints of new leather. The polished, precise palate features strawberry compote, spiced cranberry, star anise and a dash of white pepper. It's well ... Learn More
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  31. Fontanafredda 'La Rosa' Single Vineyard Barolo 2005
    From Wine Enthusiast European 'Winery of the Year' comes this perfectly aged Barolo. Smoky, floral, gunsmoke and leather aromas. Intense, powerful, driving, but has softened now, and is very pleasing on the palate. Loaded with character, has an attractive rustic ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  32. PAOLO CONTERNO BAROLO 'RIVA DEL BRIC' 2016
    For certain drinkers the Riva del Bric is the choice of the Paolo Conterno Barolos, forgoing some of the power and minerals of the 'Ginestra' in place of sweeter fruit and more balance in its youth. This 2016 is probably the ... Learn More
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  33. La Spinetta Barolo 'Vigneto Garretti' 2016
    100% Nebbiolo from vines with an average age of 35 years, grown on a calcareous, south-facing slope at an elevation of 200m. Sustainably farmed, with no use of pesticides or herbicides. Alcoholic fermentation for 10 days in temperature controlled roto-fermenters followed by malolactic ... Learn More
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  34. Paitin Sori Paitin Barbaresco Serraboella 2016
    These wines from Luca Pasquero Elia and his family are some of my favorites in this entire report. Yes, there are wines with higher scores, but the Paitin portfolio shows an unmistakable magic, across the board, with these new releases. ... Learn More
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  35. Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serra 2016
    AROMA Fine and deep, introduced by Mediterranean citrusy sensations, followed by violet, bergamot, wet stones, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. PALATE Juicy; progressive delicate tannins and vibrant acidity. Neat and savoury finish. ... Learn More
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  36. Giovanni Rosso Barolo Ceretta 2016
    AROMA Fine and deep, introduced by Mediterranean citrusy sensations, followed by violet, bergamot, wet stones, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. PALATE Juicy; progressive delicate tannins and vibrant acidity. Neat and savoury finish. ... Learn More
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  37. Swinney Farvie Syrah 2019
    The rise of Australian Grenache continues across the country and Swinney have come out of nowhere to stake a claim for Western Australia and the Frankland River. Very deep, bright purple/red colour, with an alluring bouquet of smoked smallgoods, ... Learn More
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  38. Swinney Farvie Grenache 2019
    In the late 1990’s Grenache was hardly known in Western Australia, let alone in Great Southern. But inspired by the great wines of France and Spain, and in the belief that Grenache could do well in a region already building ... Learn More
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  39. Gd Vajra Barolo Coste Di Rose 2016
    "Coste di Rose is possibly the most approachable cru of Barolo at this stage, with roses and a floral-dominated nose, combined with marasca cherry and hints of licorice and mint. A very elegant and pleasurable structure that flows gracefully on ... Learn More
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  40. Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2016
    Menthol and liquorice, porcini mushroom, spice, red and black berries, subdued floral notes. It’s tight, earthy and packed with grainy ‘mineral’ tannin and chalky feel, kind of reticent as at now, but with latent power and perfume to come. ... Learn More
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