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Frankland Estate is without question one of Australia's finest producers of Riesling, and their single vineyard releases from across the beautiful Frankland River region that have put them on the map. The Poison Hill Vineyard Riesling is so named for the poisonous clovers that exist near to the site, it produces Riesling fruit of mind-bending intensity. This 2016 is sensational. With the needle-like precision that can only be found in the best Rieslings, this shows so much concentration of fruit it almost hurts. Simply wonderful Riesling from one of the country's finest exponents of the variety, and my kind of poison!
What it Tastes Like
Ping! Dry, tight, linear Riesling in all its glory. There's lemons and tonic, coiled around a steel bar of searing acid. Dart like. It strikes with the awesome precision of a Taipan. Lean, searing racy Riesling. Steel. Ironstone. Orange peel. Crunchy finish of lemon and quarry rocks. Absolute belter.
96 points "Captivating and powerful from the word go starting with its lime and grapefruit flavours, wet rocks before it moves onto a mineral sensation with chalky acidity. Everything balanced with laser-precision accuracy and a joy to behold." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Since 2001 Frankland Estate has produced limited quantities of two additional single vineyard rieslings (Poison Hill & Cooladerra) to complement the Isolation Ridge Vineyard Riesling. The unconventional name of the Poison Hill Vineyard vineyard is a result of it being located on the slopes of a hill where Heartleaf Clover is found. This clover is poisonous to all but indigenous animals and posed a threat to the sheep of early settlers who signalled its presence on their maps in typically blunt style. The vineyard has predominantly clay soils and this is reflected in exotically perfumed wines with a silky texture and gentle earthy flavours. The three vineyards from which fruit for our single vineyard rieslings is sourced are all located within 25 kilometres of each other close to the Frankland River. All benefit from the cool breezes off the Southern Ocean that flow up the river valley in summer moderating the afternoon heat. This provides long, slow ripening conditions for the grapes. In addition to growing in very similar climatic conditions, each of these wines was made by the same winemaking team at Frankland Estate. Yet despite having so much in common, they are each distinctively different and demonstrate the diversity of flavours and styles possible within the riesling spectrum.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2030
About the Producer
Frankland Estate are one of the leading producers in the Frankland River region. Family owned and operated since 1988, their major focus on their certified organically grown fruit that reflects its terroir rather than the hand of the winemaker. Their cool climate Rieslings are regarded as some of the best in the region and the country with several single vineyard releases that could be a contender for Australia’s Best Rizza. Frankland Estate is a cutting a mean wave through the industry and picking up a lot of recognition in the process.
The Great Southern is the largest wine region in the country. Though more and more, the label “Great Southern” is becoming redundant. It is the sub-regional exploration of terroir which is distinguishing this region. From Frankland River to Porongorup, from Mount Barker to Denmark, the detailed and stylish wines emerging from these sub-regions are some of the most intriguing in the country. No longer a “poor man’s Margaret River”, whether you love Riesling, Cabernet, Shiraz or Pinot, this stunning cool climate region will blow you away with the value and refinement inherent in everything it produces. And the good thing is, it is only getting better.
Riesling is the king of white grapes. With unparalleled versatility, it rightfully carries the ‘Noble’ name tag. We make extraordinary Riesling in Australia, from far and wide. From the classic searing, razor-sharp styles in the Clare and Eden Valleys to the fragrant and enchanting wines of the Great Southern, Australian Riesling is a chameleon that can take on many forms. Sweet, steely, lean or textured, the world of Riesling is a thing of wonder that should be explored by all true lovers of wine.
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