2012 Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz

imageMy fascination with Shiraz from the Great Southern GI continues unabated. Its isolation may slow progress to an extent but I feel strongly that it will one day produce some of the leading examples of the grape in Australia.

Deep, boysenberried, chocolatey and plummy with hints of eucalypt. Significant cedary oak matched to full-bodied fruit. Extremely plush and cuddly until compressed tannin takes hold. It’s only after a few sips that elements of regional savouriness, licorice and dried herbs become obvious. A light twist of cracked pepper. The flavour washes over the structure, the two never quite making contact. And that’s my biggest issue with the wine. 91

Region: Great Southern
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $35
Tasted: July 2014


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