JH 95 points, Received a Red Star as “Wine of Special Value” by James Halliday
Of the red wine varieties grown in the Isolation Ridge Vineyard the evidence suggests Isolation ridge Cabernet sauvignon is perhaps the most sensitive to the vineyard environment. This is reflected in wines with distinctive earthy, mineral qualities and rich, supple textured flavours.
Brooding dark plum.
VARIETY & REGION
Caberent Sauvignon (90%) Malbec (7%) and Cabernet Franc (3%) from Frankland River, Western Australia
Concentrated lifted aromas of blueberry, ripe plum and vanilla. Cedar from oak ageing, with an earthy savoury character flows through.
Intense flavours of red currants, plums and spice. These flavours are complemented by savoury black olive complexity. Palate shows balance with soft grain tannin finish.
An elegant, stylish and tightly-knit wine that unfolds to reveal opulent fruit flavours with savoury undertones and the dusty, earthy character that distinguishes Frankland Estate wines. This wine reflects both the outstanding vintage conditions in 2011 and the meticulous care taken in the vineyard and winery.
Dry mild conditions provided another ideal vintage in the Frankland River region. This provided balance, elegance and complexity to the wine which will benefit aging.
Fruit for this wine was sourced from mature vines in the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard sits on an undulating northern and eastern facing slope on ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. It is farmed using organic viticultural practices and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavours. The vines are trained on a Scott Henry trellis system to enhance sunlight penetration of the canopy and optimize ripening conditions.
This wine was fermented as long and slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 30°C in open pot fermentation tanks that allowed the cap to be worked by plunging and gently pumping over. An extended maceration period allowed optimal colour, flavour and tannin extraction. It was aged in 500 litre French oak puncheons, this contributing textural complexity without compromising the opulent natural fruit flavours of the wine.