Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz
"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 Isolation Ridge Vineyard is managed under organic certification (ACO certified organic since 2009), a sustainable practice that maximises the unique characteristics of the Isolation Ridge Vineyard to be expressed in this wine. With 2020 being a very small cropping year due to the dryer season and a resulting 600 cases being made in total through very rigorous selection we again can be confident the viticultural approach to the vineyard Through organics is allowing the vines greater strength and ability to perform is some of the dryer than normal years. This said temperatures stayed modest through the growing season providing a wine of good natural vibrancy and balance. Shallow open pot ferments are kept relatively cool through ferment to provide calculated extraction of tannin with gentle plunging through the fermentation. A small parcel is fermented as 100% whole bunch and blended back to the wine post barrel maturation (6% of this wine). Temperatures typically do not exceed 27C through the 10Ð15 day ferment. Some additional maturation on skins occurs until tannin integration and balance is seen. This wine was aged for 15 months in 3,500 litre French oak foudre. The small addition of co fermented viognier along with the use of 2 clones of shiraz (51% Houghtons Selection/42% clone 470) add to the wineÕs complexity. Old Vine Mourv�dre fermented separately and used for additional earthy ferrous notes and tannin profile."
"Bright red with purple hue. Lifted spice and white pepper, slight iodine and ferrous iron mineral nose touch of anise, red currants and blood plums with a slight sweet-fruited note; a complex evolving nose reflecting depth and authenticity. An elegant medium bodied wine, fresh fruit and vibrancy with a lovely fresh acidity supporting the complexity of fruit palate, fine ferrous tannins gives the wine structure and an alluring savoury tone, whole bunch tannin and wild blackberry, earthy, spice finishing with fennel. A gentle medium weighted Syrah with a long lasting mid palate." - Winemakers Note