Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2017

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2017

Great Southern, Western Australia   |    750ml   |    14%

Best Shiraz - 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

The Frankland River region is recognised as one of Australia’s leading wine regions for premium Shiraz, and Frankland Estate has been leading the charge for some time. This organic pioneer - long celebrated as one of Australia’s finest Riesling makers - consistently delivers Shiraz of power, refinement and finesse.

The newly released 2017 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz was a standout performer at the 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards where it was awarded three trophies including the prestigious Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz of Show. This wine was also awarded the trophy for 'Best Organic Wine' and 'Best WA Shiraz' rounding out an impressive trifecta for Frankland Estate.

An intensely flavoured Shiraz brimming with red currants, plum and olive notes, this is a savoury and beautifully restrained Shiraz with the quality French oak merely supporting the cool-climate fruit. Approachable now with excellent depth and length, this is sure to develop further complexity over the coming years. Only very limited stocks of this wine are available and are sure to sell out quickly.
Trevor Mast Trophy Winner - 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

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$39.90
Fran­k­land Estate was estab­lished in 1988 by Bar­rie Smith and Judi Cul­lam who con­tinue to be actively involved in every aspect of the vine­yard and win­ery. They are now assisted by their daughter Eliz­a­beth Smith, son Hunter Smith and a small, hard­work­ing team who enjoy the diverse and idio­syn­cratic chal­lenges asso­ci­ated with work­ing in a fam­ily business.

The Iso­la­tion Ridge vine­yard lies on part of a farm where the fam­ily have run a wool grow­ing enter­prise since 1974. The deci­sion to diver­sify their farm­ing inter­ests was inspired and informed by a tour of French vine­yards Bar­rie and Judi under­took in 1985 and also by two vin­tages they worked at Chateau Sene­jac in Bordeaux.

The wine­mak­ing philoso­phies at Fran­k­land Estate reflect these influ­ences as well as the hard-earned lessons gained from some 17 vin­tages in the Fran­k­land River region.

Our approach to wine­mak­ing is based on the prin­ci­ple that the most sig­nif­i­cant char­ac­ter­is­tics of a wine come from the soil and the vine­yard envi­ron­ment. We aim to make wines that reflect nature rather than the hand of the wine­maker. This is the basis of our com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able farm­ing and to work­ing the land in accord with the cycles of nature. We care­fully nur­ture the health of the soils in our vine­yard and only take from our vine­yards as much as can be replaced by nat­ural processes.
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Western Australia
Great Southern
750
14
The Frankland River region is recognised as one of Australia’s finest shiraz growing regions. The Mediterranean climate of warm days and cold nights, combined with the unique ironstone soil found in our Isolation Ridge Vineyard produces shiraz of power, refinement and finesse. Our Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz aims to capture all the quintessential fruit opulence, black pepper and spice notes for which the region has become renowned.

Tasting Notes: Initially brooding and dark opening up to a bright fresh wine. Hints of black olive and an iodine saltiness combine with fresh toasty oak, spice and black pepper. A sweet core of red currant and plum flavoured fruit leads into the subtle use of French oak which sits comfortably with the fine-grained tannins giving the wine a presence and length. Savoury, briary fruits lead into an enticing ironstone flinty note and mineral complexity. The small addition of viognier and malbec add to the wines complexity. A fine example of an outstanding vintage in Frankland River, it is approachable now but has the structure and finesse to reward long term cellaring. To truly experience, decant this wine while young. Dry mild conditions provided another ideal vintage in the Frankland River region. This provided balance, elegance and complexity to the wine which will benefit ageing.

Vineyard Notes: Fruit for this wine was sourced from three different locations in the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. 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 vine canopy is trained on a combination of vertical shoot and Geneva Double Curtin (GDC). The Isolation Ridge Vineyard is managed under organic principles (certified organic 2010), a practice we feel important for reflecting the uniqueness of site.

Winemaker Notes: This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 20C in open fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by plunging and gently pumping over. An extended maceration period followed completion of the ferment to allow optima, flavour and tannin extraction. It was aged for 18 months in 500 litre French oak puncheons.

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