2021 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Syrah
Frankland Estate’s red wines have upped the ante in recent years. This is another beautiful example. It’s blessed with abundant spice and roasted nut characters, shows immense finesse in both its flow of fruit and spread of tannin, and is persistent and then some. Florals, mid-weight red berry flavours, twiggy spice and undergrowth characters. It’s wildly expressive and yet it feels effortless. I tasted this wine in the office; my car was parked nearly two kilometres away; I carried the half-finished bottle through the streets, such was my desire to carry on with it. Drink 2023 - 2032+
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
This wonderful wine marks the continuing evolution of Syrah from Frankland Estate. It was a very good year with the cool ripening period allowing for excellent flavour build up. This is 94% Syrah, 4% viognier and 2% Mourvèdre. Each plays an important role in the final blend. The use of the 470 clone has brought a degree of perfume and elegance to the final wine that is quite beautiful. It’s spicy with a little regional ironstone and black pepper. Smoothly integrated and silky. The oak is deliberately muted with the use of 3500-litre foudres an important part. Outstanding wine.
Ray Jordan - Wine Pilot
Notes From Winery....
This wine is 94% Syrah with 4% Viognier and 2% Mourvèdre. 20% whole bunches are included, carefully sourced from among two blocks where the stems turn yellow early. The perfume from these leaps out of the glass and the tannins give a sense of width, with gentle chewiness. Our aim is delicacy with power. The wine was matured for 14 months in 3,500-litre foudre and a few additional 500-litre puncheons. A calm, composed nose suggests great depth. Violets, cinnamon, peppercorns, smoke, stones and dusty earth mingle with redcurrants, cherries and plums. The palate has to-die-for weightlessness and is perfectly poised between a range of ripe, velvety fruits and savoury tones. The whole bunches and our ironstone soils conjure a slew of sweet and exotic spices threaded through the fine, ferrous tannins. Thoroughly compelling and cohesive from first sniff to the soaring finish.
Hunter Smith - Frankland Estate