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.
This exudes such pristine life from the glass with elegant, floral notes and fresh lime juice, sliced yellow grapefruit, green apples and powdery bath salts. The palate has a sleekly defined and attractively pithy core of lime-juice flavours with an exceptionally long finish that holds such juicy, pristine citrus-fruit flavours. So long. From organically grown grapes. Drink over the next decade or more. Screw cap. Date Tasted: April 2020; Rating: 97 Points; Nick Stock; JamesSuckling.com
Very light yellow-green colour, with a very appealing lemon blossom aroma, lemon pith as well, and other citrus associated scents. The wine is fruity and just off-dry, the mouth-feel juicy and intensely flavoured, the finish long and rewarding. An excellent wine with high potential. Date Tasted: May 2020; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
It’s a powerful style of Riesling, no doubt. Green apple, wet stones, lavender, lime and fresh yoghourt. Intense, bold, fine powdery pumice stone texture with perfume, guava and zest of lime, cool commanding acidity, but so settled and unobtrusive, almost a key lime pie richness carrying the very long finish. It’s discernibly different to most Australian Riesling, and plants its flag firmly in the powder. Wonderful. Tasted: May 2020; Alcohol: 13.8%; Price: $42; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2027+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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