Frankland Estate SmithCullam Riesling 2023


From the famous Isolation Ridge vineyard at the Estate, planted in 1988, this wine is only made when the vintage is good enough. The grapes destined for this wine are harvested a few days before the Isolation Ridge Riesling and then whole bunch pressed. Fermentation depends on what the season offers, this vintage 40% went in 500 litre oak for four to six weeks and the rest in tank. After chilling to halt fermentation, the wine spends nine months on lees (barrel and tank). The technique imbues the wine with a gentle off-dry note. Just 110 dozen made. Just love this! Shining yellow, we have balance, intensity, concentration and class. Notes of spices, oyster shells, lemon, grapefruit, riverstones and lemon pith. The highlight is the astounding intensity. The wine is so well balanced, which runs for the full journey. There is a hint of nectarine on the finish. This is a possible twenty year proposition. Just wow!