Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2014
Riesling from Clare Valley, Australia
Pale straw in color, Frankland Estate’s Isolation Ridge Riesling is complex and highly perfumed with alluring lime blossom, kaffir lime and talcum powder notes, backed up by spicy, mineral undertones. The palate is soft and approachable, with intense, tightly-interwoven citrus-lemon flavors and vibrant lime-infused acidity, complimented by silky-textures. Its power and intensity is balanced by a fragile delicacy and lightness of touch that persists through to the long, refreshing finish.
Australian Wine Companion - "Light straw-green; an exceptionally scented, blossom-filled bouquet, including wild flowers as well as citrus and apple; a very intense, juicy and sculptured palate, with squeaky acidity running throughout. Likely to have a very low pH, and has a commensurately long palate and lingering aftertaste."
James Suckling - "A wine that has now become so consistently great, it is a liquid tribute to the dedication of the Cullam family, to their vineyard and winemaking; this 2014 is no exception. The nose is reminiscent of lime juice on crushed rocks and for a riesling lover that is basically aromatic nirvana - there are some gentle florals and a spicy edge too. The palate has deep-set power and striking purity; it draws deep and then fires like an arrow in a straight lime-drenched line of tangy citrus flavor, holding long, nailing the target. Exhilarating now, this will age for more than a decade without raising a sweat."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Pale straw. Vibrant, mineral-laced lime and quince aromas, along with suggestions of jasmine, green tea and ginger. Lithe, wiry and precise on the palate, conveying a suave, delicate touch to its nervy citrus fruit and lemongrass flavors. Pure, weightless Riesling with superb finishing clarity and mineral-driven persistence."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2014 Riesling Isolation Ridge is redolent of fresh limes, lemongrass and elderflower with crushed rock and grapefruit peel hints. Dry, light-bodied and with a wicked acid backbone it has lifted citrus and mineral flavors with just go on and on!"
Wine Enthusiast - "Despite its modest alcohol content, this is a medium-bodied dry wine. Like the wines from some Mosel vineyards, the fruit notes hint at red berries or stone fruit in this vintage, backed by strong citrus flavors. This should age well through at least 2025."
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Frankland Estate Winery
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 philosophies at Frankland Estate reflect these influences as well as the hard-earned lessons gained from some 17 vintages in the Frankland River region. Our approach to winemaking is based on the principle that the most significant characteristics of a wine come from the soil and the vineyard environment. We aim to make wines that reflect nature rather than the hand of the winemaker. This is the basis of our commitment to sustainable farming and to working the land in accord with the cycles of nature. We carefully nurture the health of the soils in our vineyard and only take from our vineyards as much as can be replaced by natural processes. Our use of viticultural practices resulted in us gaining organic certification in 2009 with our 2010 vintage wines being released with the certified organic “bud” logo. View all Frankland Estate Wines
About Clare ValleyView a map of Clare Valley wineries
Known for its Rieslings, the wines of Clare Valley are distinctive. The Riesling here is dry, dry, dry. Delicate yet firm, these wines won't remind you of Germany or Alsace - they have a character all their own. The lime and mineral flavors, paired with zesty acidity, make the wine perfect for summer sipping or pairing with seafood.
Notable FactsSince this is still Australia, let's not leave out Shiraz... Clare Valley does produce red wines and they are well made and tasty. Despite the fairly warm temperatures, the acidity in Clare Valley red wines are typically higher than wines produced further south. Good structure is a key characteristic, making Clare Valley wines ideal for pairing with food.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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