Frankland Estate 'Isolation Ridge' Shiraz 2017

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  • winner of the prestigious Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz
  • Winner of the award Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019
  • Winner of the award Best Western Australian Shiraz at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019
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  • Mike Bennie
    92 points

Editors notes

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. It is well deserved recognition of the lengths this estate has gone to in recent years to realise the full potential of their mature, organic Isolation Ridge Vineyard.

A complex and concentrated blend of fruit aromas with spice, black pepper and ironstone flintiness with hints of oak. Vibrant fruit gives an elegance of weight to the front palate. Blackberry, red olive, ironstone and the use of subtle, spicy French oak give complexity. A sweet core of red currant and plum flavoured fruit complements the fine-grained tannins, which gives the wine length. This wine is approachable now but has the structure and finesse to reward long term cellaring.

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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
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Mike Bennie

    92
    "(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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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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