2014 Frankland Estate "Isolation Ridge" Riesling Frankland River Western Australia
*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.
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.
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)
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)
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."