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2013 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Great Southern Shiraz

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Here we have a Shiraz that retains it's finesse whilst still presenting fulsome flavours. Scents of dark berries and plums, pepper, earthiness and slight mintiness adorn the nose, whilst the palate is medium to fuller-bodied, with lovely licks of earthy savouriness and anise spices, poised acidity, mellowing tannins, and a long peppered meat finish. It's lovely stuff in a slightly Euro-centric vein.

Winemaker's Notes

An elegant yet intensely flavoured wine distinguished by briary fruit flavours and enticing mineral complexity. A fine example of an outstanding vintage in Frankland River it is approachable now but has the structure and finesse to reward long term cellaring.

Variety & Region: Shiraz (99.5%) Viognier (0.5%) from Frankland River, Western Australia.

Colour: Mid-weighted brick red.

Nose: A complex and concentrated blend of fruit aromas with spice, black pepper and ironstone flintiness with hints of oak.

Palate: Vibrant fruit gives an elegance of weight to the front palate. Blackberry, red olive, ironstone and the use of subtle, spicy French oak give complexity. A sweet core of red currant and plum flavoured fruit complements the fine-grained tannins, which gives the wine length.

Vineyard: Fruit for this wine was sourced from three different locations in the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard is planted on undulating northern and eastern facing slopes and has duplex soils of ironstone gravel and loam over a clay sub soil. The vine canopy is trained on a combination of vertical shoot and Geneva Double Curtin (GDC). The Isolation Ridge Vineyard is managed under organic principles (certified organic 2010), a practice we feel important for reflecting the uniqueness of site.

2013 Vintage: Dry mild conditions provided another ideal vintage in the Frankland River region. This provided balance, elegance and complexity to the wine which will benefit ageing.

Vinification: This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 20°C in open fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by plunging and gently pumping over. An extended maceration period followed completion of the ferment to allow optimal colour, flavour and tannin extraction. It was aged for 18 months in 500 litre French oak puncheons.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2013 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Great Southern Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied with pepper and assorted woody spice notes leading into ripe, fleshy cherry. Well balanced and finessed. Time should be kind.
Drink by 2026
91
Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says
It’s precocious to say it but the wine sort of says ‘Syrah’ more than Shiraz. Medium bodied, spicy, savoury-leaning, firm in texture, guided by good trim of tannins. It reeks of red berries, strawberries and shows faint eucalyptus character. There’s a sniff of Aussie bush as you dive into the body of the wine. That medium weight holds a succulent sluice of red berry fruitiness amongst a lick of clove-and-cedar oakiness, but all just-so. Good length, good feel, elegant and yet full of personality. Great stuff.
2015 - 2025
93
Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
Deepish red/purple colour, young and bright, which tallies with the spicy cool-grown aroma. It's medium-bodied and quite elegant on the tongue. Stylish, fine and long. Very much a modern iteration of Aussie Shiraz. A Syrah-like Shiraz. Classy stuff; even better if cellared a couple of years.
2017 - 2033
94
Jeremy Oliver (2013 Vintage) says
Supple, fresh and fine-grained, with a enticingly spicy, floral bouquet of red currants, rhubarb, blood plums and cola lifted by fresh cedary oak and a whiff of white pepper. Medium in weight, it’s long and reserved, with a lively, gentle presence of black and red berries and cherries, dark plums and fresh oak framed by a fine, dusty extract. It finishes savoury, with a bright, mouthwatering acidity.
2021 - 2025
92

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