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 producers.
Single vineyard shiraz from the Frankland River region. It’s both solid and elegant. It sounds like a contradiction in terms but it somehow pulls it off. It’s a meaty, graphite-infused red with peppercorn and black cherry flavours swooshing through. There’s a clip of smoky oak too. Not a hair out of place. Quite lovely. Tasted: May 18; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $40; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2027+; Rated: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
This will morph into something rather special - it's too youthful now but already it has the hallmarks of a finely-tuned, expressive Frankland River shiraz. Heady aromatics of florals, dark fruit, licorice, pepper and wood spices with chiselled tannins and clearly defined oak. Some creaminess on the palate adds another layer of complexity. Drink to: 2030; Price: $40.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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