In a 1955 study of potential grapegrowing sites, renowned Californian viticulturalist Dr Harold Olmo identified Frankland River as one of the most promising prospects in Australia. The wines of Frankland Estate prove he was right. They display finesse and balance and an incisive expression of cool-climate winegrowing. Founded by Judi Cullam and Barrie Smith, this is indisputably one of the nation's most important and consistent Riesling producers.
100% certified-organic Riesling grown on the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. Riesling vines from two different clones were planted in 1988 on undulating north- and east-facing slopes with duplex soils of ironstone gravel over a clay sub-soil.Grapes are pressed immediately on arrival at the winery with the juice left to settle in tank overnight before being racked to fermentation vessel. The wine is fermented in stainless tanks at low temperatures (less than 15°C) over eight weeks with minimal intervention. The wine is then left on its lees for six months. A small parcel of Riesling was fermented and aged in neutral oak for 10 months where it attains lovely complex textural components and heightened opulence.
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. Tasted: May 19; Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $40; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2030+; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
100% estate-grown. A highly floral/citrus blossom bouquet, the palate intensely focused on lime juice and acidity molded into the wine and extending its length over the horizon. Drink to: 2038; Price: $28.00; Date Tasted: July 2019; Alcohol: 12.7%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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