The nose on the Isolation Ridge 2018 features intense mineral slate-stone notes, shy white citrus florals, spice and young fennel. It has grace and poise on the palate, with a clear and resolved acidity that carries the fruit all the way into a long saline, mineral finish. Elegant yet powerful, tight and delicate, it has tension that builds wonderful mouthfeel, highlighted by a seamless texture. This wine possesses the hallmark traits of great dry Riesling with delicacy, purity and a pristine fruit profile. It’s a true testament to its unique site. – Hunter Smith, Winemaker – Frankland Estate
This wine was made from 100% Riesling grown in the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard is situated 256 metres above sea level. The cool nights and long, slow ripening periods typical of the Frankland River region allow maximum flavour development. They also help maintain the distinctive vibrant acidity for which Rieslings from this region are renowned. The vineyard is farmed according to certified organic principles, which are reflected in the clarity and complexity of the pristine fruit.
Grapes are pressed immediately on arrival at the winery with the juice left to settle in tank overnight. The wine is fermented in stainless tanks at low temperatures over eight weeks, then left on its lees for six months. A small parcel of Riesling was fermented and aged in (neutral) oak for 10 months where it attains lovely complex textural components and enhances the opulence of the wine.