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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge 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 intensely flavoured, concentrated wine distinguished by pristine fruit flavours and enticing mineral complexity. 

Appearance: Bright deep purple-red.

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

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

Cellaring: 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.

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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Deeply flavoured, meaty and savoury, this Rhôney shiraz is likely to become quite peppery and leathery. Its spicy bouquet of blackberries, dark plums, cassis and chocolate/cedar oak reveals a hint of musk and mineral. Medium to full-bodied, it's long and grainy with a reserved, earthy presence of dark berries, plums, cedar and chocolate with a meaty, spicy background and a fresh lively but faint herbal and tomatoey finish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
92
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Frankland Estate's dramatic recent improvement in red wine continues with this supple, fine-grained Rhone-inspired wine. Its pungent, faintly meaty and reductive bouquet of dark berries, cherries and plums is lifted by a scent of blue flowers, marsala spices and cedar/vanilla oak. Fine-grained, supple and savoury, it's long, fresh and focused, with spicy, meaty and musky fruit knit with very fine, pliant tannins, finishing with suggestions of graphite and minerals.
2018-2022+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
94
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Strong purple-crimson; a complex, medium-to full-bodied wine, with a symbiotic and synergistic union between its abundant black fruits and plentiful ripe, velvety tannins. Absolutely guaranteed to thrive over decades to come.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A very stylish and convincing Rh™ney style of some class. its fresh perfume of violets, briar, small dark berries, plums and fresh cedary oak is backed by musky nuances of spice and charcuterie meats. Rather smooth and brightly It with pristine small berry flavours, meaty undertones and fine, crunchy tannins, it finishes long and savoury with lingering hints of musk and menthol.
The Australian Wine Annual
93
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
This wine has just got better and better over the past few years. Another ripper with that typical savoury dark red fruit aroma dusted with a kick of parched earth. Spicy and slightly pepper but with excellent fruit sweetness supported by good tannin structure. Builds in the mouth to a sustained finish.
The West Australian Wine Guide
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2011
91
Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
Just gorgeous perfumed notes of fresh cedar, red berry and light savoury plum sprinkled liberally with enticing spices. The palate is wonderfully controlled with a fine tannin and oak balanced supporting the medium weight but fully ripe and deeply concentrated fruit. This is a beauty and a most complete wine.Ê
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide
95
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A wine to impress - not with the heaviness of the bottle or the price tag, but simply because it is a unique and beautiful expression of the place from which it originates. Lovely ripe plums and spice-dusted dark berries, some more sanguine earthy nuances lurking below, and fine white pepper with hints of dried dust-covered leaves. The palate has impressive measure and a captivatingly elegant intensity. Plenty of blackberry flavour here, white pepper too, and eastern spices; the tannins spread even and long. Really superb.
2016
The Good Wine Guide
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
2013-2016+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Dense purple colour; a dark and brooding personality, showing tar, blackberry, ironstone and some penally oak; quite savoury on the palate, the tannin, fruit and oak are all in tune to high level intensity; long and very chewy on the finish, this wine demands time to fully integrate and reward
2016
Australian Wine Companion 2010
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
The folks at Frankland Estate have been growing grape vines in the region since the late 1980s. It's a gorgeous region but isolated. Frankland Estate has helped put it on the map. One of those dark-as-night wines, in terms of its colour. Flavours of pepper, blackberry, mineral and cedary oak. Some liquorice and tar. Plenty of power, good length and a slick of tea-like tannin as you swallow mark it as a serious wine, though a little brutish. What it really needs is a rest in a cool, dark place for a few years.
2013-2018
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
93
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
2015-2019+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
91
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The best Isolation Ridge for years; generous black fruits with a dusting of spice and pepper are supported by fine tannins and good oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
An individual style in the regional context robust solid and highly extracted these are set in a spicy and peppery style.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Elegant medium-bodied, counter-cultural style; dark fruits and excellent texture and structure from the fine tannins running through its length; perfect acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
This is just lovely. No question for me that this is the best isolation Ridge I have tasted. Beautiful warm and supple savoury plum fruits with a thin strip of licorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Very faint hint of spic and pepper. The palate is just supremely balanced with a lingering flavour. Elegant stylish and beautifully made
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
94

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