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2015 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling

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2015 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling

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Tyson Stelzer (2013 Vintage) says
Isolation Ridge is Western Australia’s finest riesling, and 2013 is one of its greatest vintages yet, a wine of crystalline purity and scintillating minerality. Breathtakingly pristine aromas of lime drops, lime blossom and granny smith apples introduce a palate of impressive lime and green apple fruit concentration. It’s light on its feet yet confidently poised, framed in achingly delicate structure of fine, mineral mouth feel. The finish lingers long and lively with beautifully fragrant lift.
2013-2014 or 2018-2028
Wine Taste Weekly
96
Ray Jordan (2012 Vintage) says
A lightly aromatic, delicate riesling from this famous vineyard. There is a precision in the palate as it spears to a long finish. The balance of fine acid and fruit is excellent. It has an extraordinary intensity and purity which carries all the way through the palate. Lovely example of the style.
The Weekend West
94
Rob Geddes MW (2012 Vintage) says
Citrus,spice and quite shy riesling aromas. A generous entry and full flavoured with zesty acidity in a penetrating citrusy wine with a complex twist on the finish showing grapefruit and lemon edged flavours.Best after 2015.
2025
Rob Geddes MW
94
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; as ever, a distinguished Riesling with its interwoven display of lime, apple and mineral that opens on the bouquet and expands along the length of the palate and its long, lazily uncoiling aftertaste.
To 2027
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
96
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Likely to age into a more mineral and savoury style, with underlying smoky, almost meaty complexity, this world class riesling reveals a chalky fragrance of pear, apple, lime juice and lemon rind. Taut and focused, its exceptional length of pristine varietal flavour is underpinned by a fine schisty backbone. Wrapped in a racy, nervy acidity, it finishes with lingering notes of citrus and stonefruit.
2020-2024+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
96
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Isolation Ridge is one of the most revered names in riesling from the west, a vineyard of effortless balance and a definitive mineral signature. The 2011 vintage possesses a sensational palate poise; energetic, sprightly and driven by acidity that tingles on the tongue like sherbet. It carries precise focus of kaffir lime, crunchy pear, granny smith and white pepper fruit, while an air of pink lady apple brings an allure of immediacy and approachability.
Wine Taste - Edition 58
95
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
"Pale straw-green; it has a shy, floral bouquet with hints of spice and apple, then a beautifully structured, supremely delicate, palate; unfolds on the finish and aftertaste with mouthwatering, citrussy acidity."
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
94
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
One of Australia s top-performing riesling wines, this offers a beautifully intense and complex nose on the basis of complete ripeness and pristine, stony, fragrant minerals, lovely lime and grapefruit here, really intense. The palate has terrific, tubular shape with acidity lighting the way, and cool lime citrus flavour tingles deep through the finish. Greatness here.
2017
Good Wine Guide
96
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Beautifully measured and presented, this faintly off-dry riesling marries freshness, brightness and intensity with length and mouthfeel. Its faintly mineral perfume of pear, apple and lime opens with a scent of white flowers. Long and creamy, with juicy fruit underpinned by a fine chalkiness and brought into focus by a finely balanced acidity, it finishes with a lingering impression of fruit, texture and balance.
2019-2023+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
96
Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
Another superb riesling from these guys. Minerally bath salts and lime on the nose. The palate is fine and delicate but with persistence and length. The soft fine acid is a feature which sustains the finish perfectly. One of a number of individual rieslings from Frankland Estate.
WA Wine Guide 2013
94
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
The most powerful of their rieslings with lime and pineapple slight lemongrass and a solid full body for a riesling and the requisite lively acidity. Has the weight for ageing.
2025
Rob Geddes MW
94
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The palate is reticent at first, building slowly but with determination. The generosity of the vineyard kicks in, showing great concentration of zesty citrus and crunchy green apples, with determination and drive, rippling with fine, mouth-filling minerality that dissolves in a long, crystalline finish. And excellent Isolation vintage.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A touch of reduction on opening, giving way to crystalline minerality, fresh-cut lemon and talc; dry and uncompromising laser-like acidity provides great energy, drive and length; purity is the key, with the hallmarks evident of another classic Isolation Ridge.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Long, elegant and austere, with drive, minerality and a sculpted, steely austerity. A penetrative mineral fragrance of lime juice, lavender and white flowers reveals earthy undertones. Backed by a fine, powdery undercarriage, its crystalline flavours of lemon and lime drive long down the palate, finishing with length, brightness, a tangy acidity and a carefully metered hint of sweetness.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
95
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A wine that always needs time to come together on release, and again when you snap open the cap. From mature vines in the heart of the isolated Frankland River area, this has a lime and spice nose, with sweet-smelling herbal edges, Thai basil - grassy, almost. There's pepper too, some grapefruit and more - very complex. The palate's shape and balance give it an airy lightness; the flavours run deep, though, and the weight gathers through the finish. Long citrus and green melon fruit here. Superb, once again.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
94
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
The most powerful of their rieslings with lime and pineapple slight lemongrass and a solid full body for a riesling and the requisite lively acidity. Has the weight for ageing.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A classic riesling with every detail perfectly proportioned and balanced; a mix of apple and citrus that glides across the tongue in a continuous line. Organically grown from old vines.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2011
95
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Western Australia’s finest Riesling rises to its reputation again this vintage. Calm and cool, with an icy shard of acidity driving through its core, splintering lemon and lime fruit in all directions. Structured and mineral, with suggestions of nutmeg on the edges, this is a wine of great persistence and longevity.
94
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
The most powerful of the trio with lime and pineapple, slight lemongrass and a solid full body for a riesling and the requisite lively acidity. Has the weight for ageing.
2015
Australian Wine Vintages
89
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
2017-2021+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
95
Louise Radman (2008 Vintage) says
Intense concentration of pure lemony fruit with underlying steely minerality. Taut, lean & elegant with crisp lines & laser-like acidity. One of Australia's greatest single vineyard rieslings.
93
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A brilliant, stylish and tightly focused riesling with a floral, quartz-like perfume and whose crystalline presence of citrusy fruit and funky, mineral complexity perfectly offset each other. Long, lean and racy, with a wonderfully sculpted palate underpinned by a chalky, bathpowdery texture, if finishes with tangy fruit and refreshing acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
The most powerful of the trio with lime and pineapple, slight lemongrass and a solid full body for a riesling and the requisite lively acidity. Has the weight for ageing.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
87
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Frankland Estate have maintained a firm commitment to riesling with a number of excellent single vineyard wines among the portfolio. This is their best known riesling. It's perfumed and floral with spicy citrus nuances. The palate is typically tight and lean but with superb intensity and length. The acid is delicate yet prolonged. Very nice wine.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A quite powerful lemon and lime bouquet, with touches of spice; an even more powerful and intense palate, with penetrating citrus and very good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
This, from the original vineyard established in 1988, is one heck of a riesling! Rippling with power and intensity, it sports lime juice and savoury spice aromas, stock in trade for this isolated outcrop of vines. The palate is precise, filled with pristine freshly squeezed lime juice flavour and innate terroir-driven minerally complexity, richly flavoured and tautly structured, full of nerve and power.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
96
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Wrapped in racy, citrusy acids, this generous and juicy young riesling underpins its punchy, penetrative flavours of lemon, pear and apple with a fine, chalky phenolic backbone. Its brightly lit core of fruit extends right through its mineral finish, leaving an impression of style and elegance.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
The most powerful of the trio with lime and pineapple slight lemongrass and a solid full body for a riesling and the requisite lively acidity. Has the weight for ageing.
Rob Geddes MW
86
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
The most expressive bouquet, highly floral and lime/citrus accented; the palate follows along the same track, with lingering lime/citrus fruit; has excellent structure. This was the one which started the terroir search.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
An austere, schisty and tightly focused riesling whose alluringly juicy and sumptuous palate is tightly chiselled around a bracing acidity. It's scented with spicy, lightly reductive aromas of lime and minerals, while its deeply concentrated palate of stonefruit, mango and citrus finishes with a trace of sugar and lingering smoky undertones.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Stacked with sweet citrus fruit on the mid-palate, with strong structure; the most intense of the Frankland '05 Rieslings, with great line and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very tight, spotless and clean; immaculately balanced; great mouthfeel, line and flow.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Fresh aromas of white peach and apricot blossom permeate a profoundly mineral background of spicy, floral and slightly reductive and cheesy undertones. Fine, elegant and crystalline, its schisty palate presents a vibrant core of lemon, lime and stone-fruit finishing long and tangy with plenty of reductive and stony complexity. Finishes dry and savoury, with lingering suggestions of citrus and stone-fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Refreshing, sculpted and stylish riesling with obvious Austrian connotations. Its delicate floral perfume of limejuice and wet slate precedes an austere and shapely palate whose powdery texture culminates in a dry, lingering slatey finish. It finishes with a bright, persistent core of tangy acidity and citrus/stonefruit flavour.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; clean, mineral, lime and a hint of more tropical fruit on the bouquet leads into a palate with excellent balance and mouthfeel, line and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
94
Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says
This is consistently one of he best rieslings released in WA. This is as good as I have tasted from Frankland Estate. Opens with lemony aromas against a background of mineral and fresh floral aromas. The palate is steely tight but with an intense and powerful underlying fruit. This has great potential. One of the most exciting yet from these guys
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; a solid mix of lime and lemon on the one hand, and mineral talc on the other, drives the bouquet; the powerful palate is firm and rich, with a tight, lingering finish. Very much a return to previous form.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
91
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the aromas are clean, crisp with slatey/minerally characters and a touch of herb. The palate is tight, with mineral/herb flavours, still to build fruit richness, which will come with time,
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
87

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