Frankland Estate 'Isolation Ridge' Riesling 2018

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  • Amazing texture, unquestionably one of the greatest Rieslings produced in Australia - a purity, finesse and elegance not found in any other region.
  • Intense varietal flavours and crisp fresh acidity
  • Framed organically (certified) contributing to this consistently being ranked among the best in Australia
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    $39.99
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  • James Suckling
    96 points
  • Huon Hooke
    96 points
  • James Halliday'
    95 points
  • Gary Walsh
    95 points

Editors notes

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 upfront, with a crisp acidity that carries the fruit all the way into a long saline, mineral finish. Elegant yet powerful, it builds layers in the mouth as the wine opens up. Consistent with the now well-established Isolation Ridge style this wine reflects both the low-yielding, dry growing conditions of this site.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Mineral
  • Palate
    • Chalk
    • Honeydew
    • Lemon

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Suckling

    96
    "OMG. Incredible complexity on the nose with crushed-stone, slate and lemon character. Some nutmeg and white pepper, too. Full-bodied with a crunchy and creamy palate that highlights the bitter-lemon and mineral flavors. Very, very long. Organic wine. Drink now."
  • Huon Hooke

    96
    "Pale yellow hue. Gorgeous aromas of frangipani, a myriad flowers and fresh herbs: a truly glorious aroma. Very intense and bright in the mouth, with vibrant fruit and acidity combining seamlessly. A very intense, expressive, refined, tautly focused riesling of high quality. It's lovely now and will age superbly."
  • James Halliday's Wine Companion

    95
    "The inference is that the wine is machine-harvested, no shame about this, the must pressed quickly on arrival at the winery. This is a lovely young wine, with enough showing to entice you to open a bottle forthwith. Lemon/lime citrus flavours are spread out on a network of lively acidity that provides the length for the palate to dream on."
  • Gary Walsh

    95
    "Such tension and energy here, and it feels kind of ‘Germanic’ in its intensity and drive. Wooly jumper/smoke, green apple, lime, crushed fennel and dried flowers. It’s dry, flinty and very crunchy, the bite of Granny Smith apple, with a lavender perfume, intense acidity, and chalky feel marks it out as a compelling wine. And the length. It’s sure to age beautifully."

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Locations

Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

Western Australia

The wine regions of WA sit at the state’s southwest tip. The famed Margaret River region, with its warm maritime climate, lies roughly 200 kilometres south of Perth. Rainfall is high here compared with other Australian wine regions, but it falls mainly during the winter. Cabernet Sauvignon is a popular planting, and winemakers often blend it with Merlot to create Bordeaux-style wines. Margaret River is also distinguished for its Chardonnays, with their high natural acidity and concentrated stone-fruit aromas. Malolactic fermentation and barrel ageing further lend complexity to these special wines. Sauvignon Blanc is also widely planted here and often goes into blends with Semillon. Wine production also occurs in the Great Southern region, which includes the subregions of Frankland River and Mount Barker. Here, they produce floral Rieslings, peppery and elegant Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other wine regions in this large state include Blackwood Valley, Geographe, Peel, Pemberton, Manjimup, and Swan District.

Frankland River

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.

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