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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2014


Isolation Ridge Shiraz is brooding yet there is an element of florals on the nose with lifted pepper and spice. This elegant, yet intensely flavored wine has a sweet core of red currant and plum-flavored fruit. This leads into the subtle use of French oak which – along with the fine-grained tannins – gives the wine a presence and length. Savory, briary fruits lead into an enticing flinty note and mineral complexity. The small addition of viognier and Malbec adds to the wines complexity. This fine example of an outstanding vintage in Frankland River is approachable now, but has the structure and finesse to reward long-term cellaring.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
Dry, mild conditions provided another ideal vintage in the Frankland River region. This provided balance, elegance and complexity to the wine. Fruit for this wine was sourced from 3 different locations in the Isolation Ridge vineyards. The Estate vineyard sits on undulating northern- and eastern-facing slopes on duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. It is farmed using organic viticulture practices (certified organic in 2010) and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavors while enhancing the characteristics unique to the Isolation Ridge Vineyard. This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 20 C in open fermentation tanks. An extended maceration period followed completion of the ferment to allow for optimum flavor and tannin extraction. It was aged for 18 months in 500-liter French oak puncheons.

Serving Hints
This Shiraz is an ideal food wine which will compliment many dishes including pork, lamb and duck.

PRODUCER: Frankland Estate
COUNTRY: Australia
REGION: Frankland River
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Shiraz
ALCOHOL: 14.1%

Press Highlights

2015: 92 Pts - James Suckling, Aug 2018
2014: 95 Pts - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug. 2016
2014: 93 Pts 'Editor's Choice' - Wine Enthusiast, Feb 2018
2011: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate #212, Aug. 2014
2011: 90 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Feb. 2015
2010: 94 Pts - Jeremy Oliver;s, The Australian Wine Annual 2013
2009: 94 Pts ‘Years Best Australian Shiraz’ - Wine & Spirits, Oct. 2013
2009: 91 Pts - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013
2009: 91 Pts - Wine Advocate #201, Aug. 2012
2008: 91 Pts - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2011

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