Frankland-Estate Winery

Fran­k­land Estate was estab­lished in 1988 by Bar­rie Smith and Judi Cul­lam who con­tinue to be actively involved in every aspect of the vine­yard and win­ery. They are now assisted by their daugh­ter Eliz­a­beth Smith, son Hunter Smith and a small, hard­work­ing team who enjoy the diverse and idio­syn­cratic chal­lenges asso­ci­ated with work­ing in a fam­ily business.

The Iso­la­tion Ridge vine­yard lies on part of a farm where the fam­ily have run a wool grow­ing enter­prise since 1974. The deci­sion to diver­sify their farm­ing inter­ests was inspired and informed by a tour of French vine­yards Bar­rie and Judi under­took in 1985 and also by two vin­tages they worked at Chateau Sene­jac in Bordeaux.

The wine­mak­ing philoso­phies at Fran­k­land Estate reflect these influ­ences as well as the hard-earned lessons gained from some 17 vin­tages in the Fran­k­land River region.

Our approach to wine­mak­ing is based on the prin­ci­ple that the most sig­nif­i­cant char­ac­ter­is­tics of a wine come from the soil and the vine­yard envi­ron­ment. We aim to make wines that reflect nature rather than the hand of the wine­maker. This is the basis of our com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able farm­ing and to work­ing the land in accord with the cycles of nature. We care­fully nur­ture the health of the soils in our vine­yard and only take from our vine­yards as much as can be replaced by nat­ural processes.

Our use of viti­cul­tural prac­tices will result in us gain­ing organic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in 2009 but is already evi­dent in the com­plex­ity, depth and inten­sity of flavour in our wines.

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Frankland Estate ISmith Cullam Riesling 2013

“A very highly regarded off-dry riesling, this year more in the Rheingau style than that of the Mosel Valley, the amount of residual sugar largely shaded by the acidity; that said, both the length and balance are very good, and it would be a sacrilege to drink any more than a bottle until 3 or 4 years down the track, and preferably far longer than that. The points are for the wine as it is .....

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RRP: $ 53.00
Case Price: $ 45.00
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Case Min. : 6
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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


95 Points Wine Companion

"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Isolation Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon opens to notes of black and red currants, black cherries and wild blueberries dotted with touches of thyme and lavender. Medium-bodied, the palate offers plenty of juicy, berry flavors with a racy line of acid running through and medium levels of grainy tannins to frame. It finishes long. Drink it now to 2020+.&quo .....

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RRP: $ 29.25
Case Price: $ 24.00
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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Chardonnay 2012


92 Points Wine Front

"NOSE: Lifted cedar toastiness complements the grapefruit and lemon notes. Nutty hints underlying a restrained spice note. PALATE: Lively citrus zest on the front palate. Lifted citrus, tangerine and stone fruit notes follow a complex mid palate with lovely creamy width. The acidity is racy and mouth coating giving the wine a lovely length and focus." Winemaker's Note &qu .....

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RRP: $ 31.05
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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling 2014


97 Points Nick Stock

“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 .....

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RRP: $ 38.40
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Case Min. : 12
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Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2012

A complex and concentrated blend of fruit aromas with spice, black pepper and ironstone flintiness with hints of oak.   A core of fruit gives weight to the front palate. Blackberry, black olive, ironstone and the use of subtle, spicy French oak give complexity. A sweet core of red currant and dark plum flavoured fruit complements the fine-grained tannins, which give the wine leng .....

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RRP: $ 38.00
Case Price: $ 32.50
Discount : 14% Off
Case Min. : 12
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Frankland Estate Poison Hill Riesling 2014


95 Points Wine Companion

Highly perfumed orange blossom, rose petal and jasmine complemented by hints of citrus, spice and chalky-talc notes   An elegant and delicate wine with a generously flavoured palate distinguished by a pronounced citrus edge and complex amalgam of kaffir lime, spice and quartz-like minerality complemented by a subtle undertone of finely textured acidity. REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOU .....

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RRP: $ 32.90
Case Price: $ 27.00
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Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Cabernet 2012

"NOSE: Fresh lifted red current and plums with a hint of oak. PALATE: A soft berry driven palate is complemented with elegant yet ripe tannin and juicy length. There are underlying hints of spice with a nice complexity and structure." Winemaker's Note "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Rocky Gully Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of black currant cordial, wild blueberri .....

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RRP: $ 19.80
Case Price: $ 15.60
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Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Riesling 2014

"NOSE: Exotic fruit, apple and lime aromas with wet stone, spice minerality providing appealing complexity. PALATE: A light front palate that builds with generous citrus fruit. Crisp refreshing acidity, spicy chalkiness that gives weight and a finish that is long and complex." Winemaker's Note REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Riesling 2013 &q .....

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RRP: $ 19.75
Case Price: $ 15.95
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Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Sauvignon Blanc 2013

An enticing bouquet of fresh citrus, passionfruit and sherbet notes with an underlying minerally complexity. The palate reflects that of the nose with an appealingly fresh mix of citrus and passionfruit, giving it an abundance of fruit generosity and weight. Softly textured and balanced with a core of vibrant fruit. A wine produced to be enjoyed young and fresh.

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Case Price: $ 16.00
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Frankland Estate Rocky Gully Shiraz 2014

Generous plum and red fruits, black pepper and spice with subtle integration of oak.A generous middle weighted palate with juicy fruit and a lifted integration of black pepper and spice notes with a long and persistent finish.The small addition of viognier with vibrant shiraz fruit notes gives aromatic lift and subtle texture which makes the wine more approachable in its youth. Good acidity and fi .....

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Case Price: $ 15.95
Discount : 20% Off
Case Min. : 12
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Frankland Estate Smith Cullam' Shiraz Cabernet 2010


95 Points James Halliday

"Full, bright crimson-purple; if attention to detail is one of the indicia of high quality wine, this has it in spades; the bouquet is at once spicy and savoury, a lattice work for the intense yet fine black fruits of the long, perfectly balanced, medium-bodied palate." 95 Points James Halliday Wine Companion REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES Frankland Estate Smith Cullam' S .....

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