2014 Frankland Estate "Isolation Ridge" Riesling Frankland River Western Australia

SKU #1267121 97 points James Halliday

 *Special Value Selection* Light straw-green; an exceptionally scented, blossom-filled bouquet, including wildflowers as well as citrus and apple; a very intense and sculptured palate, with squeaky acidity running throughout. Likely to have a very low pH, and has a commensurately long palate.

97 points 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.  (2/2016)

93 points Vinous

 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. (JR)  (3/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's 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! (LPB)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Complex and highly perfumed with alluring lime blossom, delicate flavours of spice, green apple and ironstone mineral undertones. Starting focused and very directional, the palate fills with intense tightly interwoven citrus-lemon flavours and vibrant lime-infused acidity complemented by silky-textures. Remarkable power and intensity are balanced by a fragile delicacy and lightness of touch that persists through the long refreshing finish of this distinguished riesling."

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
The nose is filled with stones and slate. Lively acids, and very solid length down the palate. Quite focused.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
A perennial benchmark Aussie dry Riesling. As the critics' huge scores suggest this is one of Australia's most revered white wines. It represents a family's absolute dedication to viticulture and winemaking. This bright, zesty, mineral rich Riesling is pure liquid rock. Selected from one certified organic block of old vines growing in ironstone gravel soils. It spends 6 months on fine lees building texture and more savory complexity. The acidity is laser focused drawing out the wines phenomenally long finish. An absolute joy with shellfish. Enjoy now or cellar for decades.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2036

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Western Australia

Alcohol Content (%): 11.5
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