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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

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From a cracking year in W.A. comes this awesome little cab sav that over-delivers at the price-point. Medium-bodied in style, it shows atypical cab smells of cassis, tobacco and W.A. choc-mint on the nose, whilst the palate is elegant and classical, with dark plums and vanilla at its centre, solid but balanced tannins, and a taut, smooth finish that will see this kick on for a few years yet!

Winemaker's Notes

This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 30°C in open pot fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by plunging and gently pumping over. An extended maceration period allowed optimal colour, flavour and tannin extraction. It was aged in 500 litre French oak puncheons, this contributing textural complexity without compromising the opulent natural fruit flavours of the wine. 

Appearance: Bright red plum.

Nose: Concentrated aromas of blueberry and vanilla with an earthy dusty ironstone character.

Palate: Intense flavours of red currants, blueberry and chocolate. These flavours are complemented by savoury black olive complexity. A good acid backbone is supported by subtle oak integration giving a long fine finish.

Grape Variety: Caberent Sauvignon (97%) and Petit Verdot (3%) from Frankland River, Western Australia.

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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
An elegant, measured and polished cabernet that needs time in the bottle. A sweet fragrance of violets, cassis, cranberries and mulberries reveals nuances of graphite, dried herbs and smoky, cedary oak backed by suggestions of bonfire and underbrush. It's charmingly long, medium-bodied and tightly balanced, with sweet flavours of small red and black berries backed by suggestions of mint and menthol and supported by a fine, dusty undercarriage. Likely to age in a classical, cigarboxy fashion.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Savoury varietal cedar cinnamon dark chocolate and black olive aromas with a medium body silky tannins elegant line and structure. In 2010 overall elegant finesse with appealing varietal dark fruit and lifted olive/leafiness in the aromas the palate texture starts with well judged ripeness and subtle ripe black fruit and pulls up with youthful firm tannin in April 2012.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
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Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Far too restrained and elegant to be noticed by the show judges, this very stylish and finely crafted cabernet has a lightly floral perfume of dark plums, red berries and redcurrants knit with faintly smoky cedar/vanilla oak and backed by a hint of rhubarb. Smooth and measured, with a fine, supple spine of powdery tannins, it's finely balanced, long and fresh to finish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Lovely colour, very bright; essency cassis aromas come to the fore on the bouquet, but are underpinned beautifully by savoury ironstone minerality; the palate shows dark fruit in abundance, again underscored by savoury complexity and structure that can on
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Intense dark chocolate, black olive and liquorice with dense rich structure.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
From the far-flung Frankland River outcrop comes a neat, fresh and contained cabernet with vibrant cassis fruit cast amid some cooler vintage leaves and lighter fragrance. Tannins sit in fine formation and build to a satisfying, chewy conclusion. A good result from a cooler year.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A massively improved, more polished and stylish wine than this label has offered for some time. Its leafy, dusty and cedary fragrance of briary cassis, dark plums and blackberries reveals some underlying vegetal notes, while its smooth, long and concentrated palate of deep fruit and seasoned cedary, bacony oak is underpinned by a fine-grained backbone, finishing with lingering spicy, licorice-like flavour.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
There are a lot of attractive flavours here. It tastes of grainy milk chocolate, roasted nuts and blackcurrant, with the odd splash of dried tobacco and game-like flavour adding interest and varietal character. It leaves your mouth feeling dry and the flavours peter out a bit, but it's an enjoyable ride.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Powerful black-fruited cabernet, with pronounced, slightly dry, tannins which need to soften; if left alone for three-plus years should come through.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Intense dark chocolate, black olive and liquorice with dense rich structure.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; red and blackcurrant fruit off-set by slightly savoury notes on the finish; no problems with oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Powerful, chunky black fruits and touches of bitter chocolate; abundant tannins. Be patient.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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