Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2009 is an intensely flavored, concentrated wine distinguished by pristine fruit and enticing mineral complexity. It is bright deep purple-red in color. The nose is a complex and concentrated blend of fruit aromas with spice, black pepper and ironstone flintiness with hints of oak. A core of fruit gives weight to the front palate while blackberry, black olive, ironstone and the use of subtle, spicy French oak give complexity. Red currant and dark plum complements the fine-grained tannins, which give the wine length.
"Graceful, delicate and charming in its cool stony feel, as well as its scent of roses, rosemary and
cracked black pepper, this wine seems to set everything right in the world with the very first sip. It has
the brightness Syrah expresses in the best sites, lifting right out of its substantial black tannins so the
final impression is vibrant and light. This would be delicious with a grilled pork chop, or alone just to
contemplate on its own. The Smith-Cullam family started planting this vineyard on an ironstone ridge
in 1988, a mix of gravel and loam over clay – soils they sustain with the help of their flocks of guinea
fowl and sheep."
Wine & Spirits
"Meaty and intense, this Shiraz is loaded with scents and flavors of cracked pepper, pungent coffee, roasted meat and ripe blackberries. It’s full bodied yet never seems heavy despite a sensation of warmth on the long, richly textured finish. Drink now–2020."
"Great Southern produces a distinctly savoury style of shiraz and this is no exception; red and black fruits, leather, spice and roasted meats on the bouquet; the palate is medium bodied, high in acidity and shows rugged, yet ripe, tannins; long and interesting."
Australian Wine Companion
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Isolation Ridge Shiraz gives notes of black cherry compote and warm blueberries with nuances of violets, nutmeg and black truffles. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a taut structure in the mouth with a medium level of grainy tannins and enlivening acid, finishing long. Drink this one now to 2017+."
The Wine Advocate
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Frankland Estate was established in 1988 by Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam who continue to be actively involved in every aspect of the vineyard and winery. They are now assisted by their daughter Elizabeth Smith, son Hunter Smith and a small, hardworking team who enjoy the diverse and idiosyncratic challenges associated with working in a family business. The winemaking...
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