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Frankland Estate

www.franklandestate.com.au

Frankland Rd, Frankland, 6396

Ph: (08) 9855 1544

Cellar Door: Mon-Fri (10-4) (weekends by appointment)

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Frankland Estate was established by Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam in 1988. The Isolation Ridge vineyard was developed as part of a 3000 acre property in the Frankland River region on which the family has run a wool growing enterprise since 1974.

The decision to diversify their farming interests from wool into wine was inspired, in part, by a tour of French vineyards Barrie and Judi undertook in 1985. They returned to France in 1990 and 1993 to gain further experience in the industry by working vintages at Chateau Senejac in Bordeaux. As a result, winemaking philosophies at Frankland Estate have been considerably influenced by the approach used in Bordeaux.

A new winery was completed in time for the 1993 vintage allowing Frankland Estate to become totally self-sufficient in all aspects of wine production. Commencing with the 2003 vintage, Frankland Estate began to purchase grapes from surrounding vineyards in the Frankland River region. This allowed the introduction of the Rocky Gully range of wines to complement the Isolation Ridge Vineyard wines that continue to be exclusively estate grown wines.

The Poison Hill vineyard, which is used for a highly rated Poison Hill Riesling, takes its name from a hill named after Heartleaf poison which grew there, a threat to the sheep of the early settlers. The Isolation Ridge vineyard is now fully organic

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Franklin Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2017 or 2027+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, change of trellising in 2015, fermented in neutral oak, linear, succulent and vibrant lime, granny smith apple and passionfruit with flint and citrus blossom florals, chalky with firm tangy grapefruit acidity on the slaty finish, very good length (*****)

Franklin Estate Olmo’s Reward 2013

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, this time its a blend of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, fragrant and glossy blackcurrant, plum and redcurrant with violet  bay leaf and mint leaf notes, savoury, long and lean, the tannins are gravelly with mocha-cedar-vanilla oak support (****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016 or 2026+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, fermented in neutral oak, delicate and fleshy lime, pear, passionfruit and apple with flint, musky spice, lemon blossom and a hint of yeast, textural and minerally with good length and racy grapefruit/wet slate finish (*****)

Frankland Estate Poison Hill Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016 or 2024 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, fermented in neutral oak, highly perfumed, more open and fuller than the Isolation Ridge, lemon pith and lime with orange blossom and jasmine notes, talcy with quartz-like minerality, acid is slightly gentler than the Isolation Ridge, taut finish and excellent persistence (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Netley Road Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016 or 2024 f you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, the 44 year old vines are amongst the oldest in the region, intense, estery and concentrated apple, pear and lemon drop with honey dew melon notes with rose petal florals, some leesy texture, crunchy grapefruit rid acidity (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Smith Cullam Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, Geisenheim clone, whole bunch pressed, fermented in large French oak foudres, off dry, spicy passionfruit, sweet lime and green apple with flint and fennel notes, long dusty palate, lively mandarin rind acidity with a wet slate note on the finish (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Olmo’s Reward 2012

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, blend of 62% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, 16% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, glossy cassis, blueberry and redcurrants with olive, violet, pepper and mint leaf notes, some vegetal capsicum aspects in there as well, fairly linear and medium-full bodied with drying,, dusty but open knit tannins (****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2015 or 2025+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, partial ferment in neutral oak, floral and pristine lime, pear and granny smith apple with musky spices and citrus blossom notes, savoury and talcy with nervy grapefruit acidity on the minerally finish, very good persistence (*****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2014, aromatic, long and medium-full bodied blackberry, boysenberry and glazed cherry with black pepper and eucalyptus notes, some iris florals and savoury game notes, creamy cedar/dark chocolate/clove oak, backbone of fine tannins (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2012

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2014 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, taut entry, dry but succulent and vibrant green apple and lime rind with musky spices, lavender and orange blossom notes, the core of racy grapefruit acidity builds intensity down the palate, minerally wet slate/gun flint finish, a benchmark for those who like the crunchy acid Great Southern style (*****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Ridge Shiraz 2011

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2023+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, this is in a medium bodied Northern Rhone-esque style, tight and linear core of black cherries and dark plums with iris florals and musky spices, some gamy complexity, mouth-filling bony savoury tannins with a slaty mineral finish, the toasty cinnamon/cedar oak is well balanced (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Marsanne 2012

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2013, thus is an experimental single barrel release from 4 rows of vines in the Isolation Ridge vineyard, perfumed and moderately viscous and plump showing lemon curd and white peach with orange blossom florals and musky spices, chalky dry finish with a hint of almond, acid seems fairly gentle as is typical for the variety but will persist, varietal enough to be worth a go if you get to visit their remote cellar door (****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, Mendoza clone, long, lean and focused palate showing white peach, pear, flint and lemon zest with a creamy mid-palate, some mealy lees input and underlying chalkiness, gentle dusting of clove/ginger/nutmeg oak with tangy lemon rind acidity (****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, includes a 5% Merlot input, bright and essency plum, cassis and redcurrant with dried herb and fruitcake notes, the glycerolly medium bodied palate is a little broad, fine dusty tannins with smoky cedar/vanilla/dark chocolate oak (***1/2)

Frankland Estate Olmo’s Reward Cabernet Merlot Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($A35)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, Right Bank Bordeaux-style blend of 62% Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot, 1% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, deep set cassis and blueberry with violet, herb and the expressive leafy/mint chararacter of the Cabernet Franc, long medium-full bodied and savoury palate with lingering fine tannins (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($A20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, elegant and perfumed Northern Rhone-style showing blackberry and raspberry with cracked black pepper and savoury meat notes, minerally and medium bodied with a backbone of open knit but firm tannins, the cedar-vanilla oak stays in the support role (****)

Frankland Estate Smith-Cullam Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2010, an off-dry style (20 gms/l residual sugar) not released in all vintages, sourced from their small block of Geisenheim clone Riesling, perfumed floral nose, red apple, passionfruit and pear with ginger and toasty brown spices, well balanced and lingering lemon and lime rind (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012 or 2018 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2010, this reliable high performer has achieved full organic certification this vintage, dry, taut and focussed green apple, lime rind and guava with spice, lees and musk notes, chalky minerality, lingering racy grapefruit acidity on the slaty finish, a touch more open than some recent vintages but is the tightest of the quartet of Rieslings (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Poison Hill Riesling 2010

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2012 or 2016 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2010, vineyard is undergoing organic conversion along lines of the Isolation Ridge to lift quality, spicy apple, pear and lime with lavendar and musk notes, more open than the Isolation Ridge and seems to be early developing with a touch of honeysuckle (possible reflecting the rather hot vintage), attractive talcy minerality leads to a wet stone finish, broad but tangy citric acids (****)

Frankland Estate Netley Road Riesling 2010

Purchased: Randalls, Albert Park ($23)

Drink: 2012 or 2016 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2010, this is their first release from the very first vineyard established in the Frankland River sub-region by the late John Roche (a former mayor of Adelaide) back in 1966, spicy apple and lime with a touch of honeysuckle, cinnamon and musk, the soft very fine talcy minerality distinguishes this from the rest of the quartet and reminds me of the Eden Valley style, wet stone and lemon rind finish, shares the expansive openness of the Poison Hill rather than the tautness of the Isolation Ridge (****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Frankland River Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, uses low yielding Mendoza clones, small 5% malo input, floral and complex showing melon, apple and nectarine with smoky bacon, lees and matchstick nuances, refreshing and vibrant quinine minerality and lemony acidity, savoury with warm toasty oak on the lingering finish (****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Frankland River Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, floral, tarry and briary blackberry and plum with violet and liquorice notes, the palate is more medium bodied than the entry suggests, infused with attractive ironstone minerality and toasty brown spices, firm chewy tannins (****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, rather dense and tannic showing ripe cassis and plum with mint leaf, pepper and violet notes, palate seems a bit compressed and forward, charry mocha-chocolate-cedar oak (***1/2)

Frankland Estate Smith Cullum Riesling 2008

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($37)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, kabinett-style with 30 gms/residual sugar and some barrel ferment, perfumed, long, complex and infused with delicate minerality, spicy lime marmalade, nectarine and apple with crisp but not bracing chalky lemon sherbert acidity (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2009

Purchased:Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($29)

Drink: 2011 or 2017 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, a taut and spicy core of pristine kaffir lime, lemon and passionfruit wrapped in rich talcy minerality and racy lemon/grapefruit acids, long and stylish (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Poison Hill Riesling 2009

Purchased:Prince Wine Store , South Melbourne ($23)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, focussed and intense lime and lemon with light brown spices and a touch of orange rind and sherbert, lovely minerality and acidity gives its an almost crystalline edge, only faulted by finishing a touch short (****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling 2008

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Chinatown, Melb ($27)

Drink: 2010 or 2016 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: taut and stylish with penetrating pear, green apple, lime and brown spices, chalky phenolic backbone with some lees texture, powdery lemon sherbert finish, the texture and balance lifts this above the pack (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Poison Hill Vineyard Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, light bodied with only 11% alcohol in an elegant Mosel style, taut red apple, stonefruit and lime citrus, spice and lavender notes with a tightly structured steely base and racy acids balanced with some restrained use of residual sugar (****1/2)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting:Sept 2007, lifted aromatic nose, more in the regional style than the Poison Hill , lean lime and lemon citrus, spicy, classy structure with schisty base and zesty stonefruit acidity with a touch of residual sugar (****)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, Vic ($26)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2007, smooth and earthy with blackcurrant, plum and olive features, savoury and gamey, medium bodied, some hard edges to the fruit, assertive smoky chocolate and vanilla oak dominates back half (***1/2)

Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2004

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, Vic ($26)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2005, fragrant lemon, lime and stone-fruit, schisty backbone with some appealling brown spice, lingering finish (****)

Frankland Estate Poison Hill Vineyard Riesling 2003

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($25)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2004, bold and intense green apple, citrus and melon flavours, leesy, with some lavendar hints, long crisp chalky finish (***1/2)