100% Riesling grown on the Isolation Ridge Vineyard at Frankland Estate. Only made in the most suitable vintages, fruit for this wine was sourced from Geisenheim clone Riesling vines planted in 1988. This clone is renowned for retaining high levels of acidity throughout the growing season.
Handpicked when ripe in the early morning and whole bunch-pressed for fermentation in a 1000-litre French oak ‘foudre’ over four weeks. Towards the end of fermentation, when the ideal balance of sugar, fruit weight and acidity had been achieved, the wine was chilled to arrest fermentation. The wine remained on lees in barrel for nine months to gain additional complexity and texture.
A complex, beautifully balanced combination of fruit intensity, complexity of flavour and alluring finish. A wine of exceptional elegance and poise where texture is enhanced and massaged throughout by the combination of fruit integrity, natural acidity and a well-crafted retention of residual sugar. This “off-dry” (16g/L residual sugar) style results in enhanced fragrance and aromatics. It has tension and energy at the same time as presence and a salivating “moreishness”. – Hunter Smith, Frankland Estate
With striking clarity and purity, this is the sort of Riesling you can get lost in, merely by breathing in the aromas of fresh sliced limes, white peaches and grapefruit, as well as nuances of white flowers, gun flint and spice. The palate has a similarly complete and composed style, leading you along with pristine lime, apple, white-peach and fresh-pear flavours. Long and effortless, this is all so pleasurable. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap. 96 points. Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com April 2020
Very light-yellow hue, with a powerful aroma of lemon-pith, dried flowers and spices, including star anise, very complex and beautiful. The taste is delicate and refined, restrained and youthfully reserved, but searingly intense, with a faintly off-dry balance lending a certain juiciness to the palate. The sweetness is balanced by a touch of tannin grip. A glorious wine. 96 points. Huon Hooke, The Real Review May 2020
Named after the founders, Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam. Off-dry and crafted from a plot-by-plot-by-row selection across the most propitious sites. Lemon squash, candied citrus zest, mountain herb and tonic. This serves as a transparent stream of uncluttered Riesling scents, neither too dry and sour; nor excessively fruity and dainty. Make no mistake, despite its ethereal flow, this mid-weighted Riesling packs punch across a long finish of sap and crunch, the dollop of sugar mitigating the grape's soprano acidity. 94 points. Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion 2021
A glorious wine. 96 points. Huon Hooke, The Real Review May 2020
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