Frankland Estate 'Isolation Ridge' Shiraz 2017
1 or more bottles$43.99
Mike Bennie92 points
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- Fruit Cake
- Red Meat
Critic Scores & reviews
"(2016 vintage) This has some mojo. It’s a wine of complexity, rich fruit satisfaction, finesse. It’s smoke and dark fruits and undergrowth to sniff on. It’s medium weight but rich in flavours of dark fruit, spice, savoury earthy character and spicy oak. Finishes firm after some length. Tick tick tick."
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Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.
Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
The wine regions of Western Australia are located in the southwest corner of the state. Among them, the famous Margaret River region boasts a warm maritime climate, situated around 200 kilometers south of Perth. Although it experiences higher levels of rainfall than other wine regions in Australia, the majority of it occurs during the winter months. Margaret River is renowned for its production of Cabernet Sauvignon, which is often blended with Merlot to create Bordeaux-style wines. Additionally, the region's Chardonnays are highly sought after due to their high natural acidity and concentrated stone-fruit aromas. These wines are further enhanced by malolactic fermentation and barrel aging, which lend complexity and depth to their flavor profiles.
In addition to Margaret River, the Great Southern region is also known for its wine production. This region includes subregions such as Frankland River and Mount Barker, where floral Rieslings, elegant Shiraz with peppery notes, and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown. Other wine regions in Western Australia include Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Peel, Pemberton, Manjimup, and Swan District.
Each of these regions has its own unique terroir, resulting in a diverse range of wines with distinct characteristics. From full-bodied reds to crisp whites, Western Australia has something to offer for every wine enthusiast.
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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About the brand Frankland Estate
Established by Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam in 1988, Frankland Estate is located in the Frankland River region of Western Australia. Having both grown up around winemaking, the pair decided to diversity their faming interest and wool business after touring the French wine regions in 1985. The pair is now assisted on the winemaking side by their children Elizabeth and Hunter as well as winemaker Brian Kent.With the belief that the sensitivity of Riesling grapes make them capable of transmitting terroir better than any other white grape variety, Frankland Estate is famed for its single vineyard Rieslings that truly showcase the soils of the vineyard to which theyÕre planted.Conversion to organic viticulture at Frankland Estate began in 2005, prohibiting the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. It makes sense; the Frankland River region is so isolated that it is almost free of pests and disease. It is isolated, that the vineyard surrounding the estate was aptly named Isolation Hill.