The nose on the 2018 Poison Hill shows lovely lifted aromatics of white stone fruits, fresh lime and delicate citrus blossom accompanied by spice. There is real intensity to the flavours, classic signatures of the Poison Hill vineyard. Seamless texture with beautifully integrated acidity gives the wine some lovely mouth-watering minerality. The flavours are focused and persistent, with beautiful fruit generosity and a lovely pithy textural component. The wine has lovely balance that builds richness along the palate. Hunter Smith, Winemaker – Frankland Estate
Poison Hill vineyard lies on the northern edge of the Frankland River township. Its distinctive name comes from its location on a hill where the heart-leaf poison bush is found. This is poisonous to all but indigenous animals. This tiny 3-hectare Riesling vineyard is planted on a unique white clay and weathered quartz soil. This is reflected in a complex, alluringly perfumed and silk-textured wine. Like all vineyards in the Frankland river region, it benefits from the cool nights and long, slow ripening period prior to harvest. This promotes maximum flavour development while maintaining the distinctive vibrant acidity for which Rieslings from this region are renowned.
The fruit was lightly pressed and allowed to settle overnight before being racked to fermentation vessel. The wine was then fermented at low temperatures (less than 15°C) over eight weeks. Minimal intervention in order to obtain the purest expression of the pristine, organically-grown fruit from the Poison Hill vineyard.