Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling 2016
It’s always exciting when the new single-vineyard Rieslings from Frankland Estate come out. Isolation Ridge and Poison Hill are two of the finest Riesling sites in Australia, true and expressive patches of dirt that bring out the beauty of this grape and the pristine growing conditions of the Frankland River region in WA. Quality-wise, these go neck-and-neck every year and the bar is set dizzyingly high. The 2015s were tied on 97 points each in last year’s Halliday Wine Companion and it would be no surprise to see history repeat itself.
"Complex and perfumed on the nose, this has alluring citrus pith, zesty orange, lime and cumquat, which unfolds with the delicate flavours of spice and ironstone mineral undertones. There is a real softness and generosity of fruit on the front- and mid-palate. The evident fruit weight is kept in check with rounded yet apparent acidity giving the wine direction, tightness and length. A fusion between fruit intensity, ironstone flintiness and saline mineral acidity is complemented by an overlying silky-texture. The wine is balanced by a fragile delicacy and lightness of touch that persists through the long refreshing finish of this distinguished Riesling."
James Halliday's review of the 2015: Detailed is the single word essence of Isolation Ridge Riesling with its citrus and wild flower blossom aromas and its compelling, perfectly balanced, ballerina-light imprint on the mouth. Is its own style. 97 points
The Wine Front – Single vineyard riesling from the masters of the variety. Class will out. This is a sensationally long-flavoured riesling and yet it’s pretty and elegant too. Quite a feat. Florals, lime, slate and spice. Intensity and length, for sure, but finesse is arguably the thing here.
In a mixed or straight case: $37.99