Frankland Estate is one of Australia’s best Riesling producers. Making wines from the Frankland River Region in Southern Western Australia. Frankland Estate 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, Frankland Estate are pretty deft at making Chard, Shiraz and a lovely Right Bank inspired blend. Rocky Gully is the Frankland Estate entry-level range 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.
In southern Western Australia, the middle of nowhere, you will find this excellent Riesling site. Some of my favourite Riesling comes from down this way. There has been successful wine made from 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 of quality wine production. Although it only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Find superb Riesling in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. See more about Riesling here.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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