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
"A vibrant style, with lacy acidity adding lift to the blueberry and black currant flavors, revealing shades of smoke and pepper as the finish lingers."