Frankland Estate is one of Australia’s best Riesling producers. Making wines from the Frankland River Region in Southern Western Australia, they use a lot of German, Austrian and Alsatian techniques to make textured and complex Rieslings from their wonderful vineyards, each vinified separately. What’s more, they are pretty deft at making Chard, Shiraz and a lovely Right Bank inspired blend. Rocky Gully is their entry-level wines and always look to be bargains
Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge is one of the best Rieslings in Australia. The Isolation Ridge vineyard sits high on an ironstone ridge with ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. The first vines were planted in 1988 and the vineyard has been progressively expanded to the current 30-hectares This vintage offers the characteristic texture, great balance and purity. The balance here is still outstanding. I have had older wines from here and they are brilliant. Drink now or after 2020 and well beyond. This wine will match with poultry or even game dishes.
South of Western Australia and basically the middle of nowhere you will find this great Riesling site. Some of my favourite Riesling comes from down this way. There has been success with Shiraz, Cabernet Blends and Chardonnay here too.
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.