2021 Frankland Estate SmithCullam Riesling
Notes from winery....
A complex, beautifully balanced combination of fruit intensity, complexity of flavour and alluring finish. Candied citrus, orange oil, apple crumble with spice notes as well. This wine continues our drive to explore Riesling's different dimensions even when working with one site. When it comes to the SmithCullam Riesling, it’s all about making the most of the 1988-planted Geisenheim clone’s delicacy and brightness. Thanks to its elevated natural acidity we simply ferment in large-format oak (1,000 litres) to a point where the delicacy and undisputed integrity of the wine reach their zenith. The ferment is arrested when we see lovely balance. The wine remains on lees in barrel for nine months to gain additional complexity and texture. These wines are designed to evolve, building in complexity and weight as they age. But they must also be delicious from the start.
The SmithCullam Riesling is not made every year and the conditions have to be right to achieve this “Kabinett” style. While we need cool conditions, we look to pick this only a day or two prior to the Isolation Ridge Riesling. In essence both wines celebrate the weight and underlying power of this special vineyard.
Hunter Smith - Frankland Estate
11.6% Alc. 20g/l Residual Sugar