I doubt there has been much change at Frankland Estate due to the Corvid restrictions, located on Isolation Ridge it really is in the middle of no-where, and there aren’t a lot of people around. In the cooler Southern section of the Great Southern almost four hours drive from Perth the Smith – Cullam’s have been producing some of the region’s best wines. Yet while the day to day running of an Isolated vineyard is probably not as great as the changes, we are seeing in the big city the family are doing anything but resting on their laurels.
This new release includes the 2019 single vineyard Rieslings and the 2018’s Syrah. Many PWS customers will be familiar with the Riesling’s – we have often had them on tasting and in offers and feel that they have for a long time been some of Australia’s best examples of the noble variety. Yet it is the Shiraz in the 2018 vintage that is the real highlight, making this there best release to date.
But it hasn’t just happened – The Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2017 stole the show (in terms of Shiraz) last year, winning the Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz – a Trophy for the Best Organic Wine and the Best Western Australian Wine at the Royal Melbourne Show, and if you ask me the 2018 is even better.
The success of the wines is due to a dry grown vineyard, in a great cool dry climate, now over thirty years of age, and a growing confidence with the winemaking, not to mention some lovely new 3,500-litre foudre. To highlight how good they think this 2018 vintage is for the Syrah they have released the first ever Smith Cullam Syrah. This special label cuvee only produced in great years pays homage to Barry and Judi who set up the vineyard and really pioneered the quality Riesling and Shiraz of the Great Southern.
I had the chance to try all of these wines pre-release at the winery and I can highly recommend them all, but I suggest if you are a fan of great Australian Shiraz the Frankland Estate 2018 Syrah’s should be on your list.