Frankland Estate 'Olmo's Reward' 2015
Cabernet Franc (66%), Malbec (27%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (11%). All three varieties used in the blend were dry-grown on 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 (certified organic in 2010) and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavours. The vines are trained on a combination of Scott Henry Trellis system and vertical shoot attention to detail during the growing season encourages flavour development and promotes balance in the wine. Each variety was fermented separately as slowly as possible at temperatures not exceeding 27°C. Open fermentation tanks facilitated working the cap with gentle plunging and pumping over. After fermentation, an extended maceration period allowed desired colour, flavour and tannin extraction. The component wines were blended on completion of the malolactic fermentation and then aged in French oak for 15 months. Deep crimson red with purple hues. The nose shows vanilla, plum, currants and cherry. In the mouth it's fresh and bright, showing freshness and bright sweet fruit, red-berries, plum and lifted floral notes. The tightly woven palate has fine grained gravelly tannins, slight mocha and savoury earthy notes. The palate is flavoursome and persistent.
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Franc Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon|
The Wine Front – A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Deep smelling wine of earth, tobacco, dried flowers, red and black fruits, with a little gum leaf, aniseed, and cedar oak. Medium-bodied, savoury and thick with gravelly tannin, blackcurrant, raspberry, boysenberry and sweet herbs, oak in support, and a long dry sticky tannin finish. Love the freshness mixed with sweet loam and spice. Big personality. A rolling, regional wine that this estate does so well. 94+ points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front May 2019
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