Bright red fruits, with plum, black pepper and spice with subtle integration of oak. A middle weighted palate with bright juicy fruit and a lifted integration of black pepper, plum and spice notes. Creamy texture and subtle oak provides a poised finish. The tiny addition of viognier with vibrant shiraz fruit notes gives aromatic lift and subtle texture which makes the wine more approachable in its youth. Good acidity and fine tannins combine to create a soft finishing, well weighted cool climate style. Ideal food wine which will complement many dishes including pork, lamb and duck. Drink now for the next 5 to 7 years.
Buried deep in the heart of Western Australia’s most isolated wine region (250km east of Margaret River and inland from the wild and picturesque Great Southern coastline), Frankland Estate is as much a part of its natural landscape as it is a winery.
Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam co-founded Frankland Estate in 1988, after deciding to diversify their long-established wool-growing interests in the Frankland River region. Barrie’s unparalleled experience in production is owed to having been raised among vineyards, as well as to over 30 years of farming. He is renowned for his intimate knowledge and deep respect for the land, and for his firm belief in the winemaking potential of the Isolation Ridge vineyard.
Very much a tight-knit family affair, their children, Hunter and Elizabeth Smith, and their families live on the estate, too. The family have invested a lot of time and energy into minimising their impact on the ecological balance of the region, nurturing the micro-biology of the soils and supporting causes to improve the health and future prosperity of the local fauna and flora. It is their commitment to sustainable farming that informs their winemaking practices.
James Halliday 94/100
There is a small addition of viognier, but with no claim of co-fermentation. The power and intensity of Frankland River shiraz is on full display here, with an edgy quality to the black fruits, spice and licorice that give this wine tension and interest; fine-grained tannins add a savoury note to the finish.