100% Riesling from the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. Riesling vines from two different clones were planted in 1988 on undulating north- and east-facing slopes with duplex soils of ironstone gravel over a clay subsoil. A number of trellis systems are used throughout the vineyard, which is situated 256m above sea level. The cool nights and long, slow ripening periods typical of the Frankland River region allow maximum flavour development while maintaining distinctive vibrant acidity. The vineyard is farmed according to certified organic principles and this is 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 before being racked to fermentation vessel. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures (less than 15°C) over 8 weeks with minimal intervention. Left on lees for eight to nine months. A small parcel was fermented and aged in (neutral) oak foudre for the same time. These parcels obtain complex textural components and greater opulence. – Hunter Smith, Frankland Estate Winemaker
Awarded 96 Points by Mike Bennie on The Winefront