2018 Frankland Estate Shiraz, Frankland River, Western Australia
Frankland River as a wine region is the one closest to a Mediterranean climate in the Antipodes. An inland area that experiences warm dry days and cooling nights. The soils are a blanket of gravel ironstone above the mattress of hills and river valleys. The beds divided by the rivers Frankland, Gordon, Kent and Tone provide the calming influence to the vineyards that sleep and thrive through the seasons.
The 2018 Frankland Estate Shiraz is from the Frankland River subregion of Great Southern in Western Australia. The colour awakens you immediately as it is poured; deep crimson with a bright purple hue. The nose is a caffeine hit to the senses with its distinct cool climate aromas including cherries, blackberries, black olives, cloves, herbs and a hint of chocolate that arouses further interest. The palate takes the cherries and blackberries to another level with some iodine, mineral and charcuterie. The fine velvety tannins are what lifts this wine to the next level as they wrap up the flavours and roll them gentle along on akin to the rivers flowing peacefully through the landscape.
Rating: 94 pts
Drink: Now; 3-7 yrs
Tasted: February 2022