We have sourced the grapes for this wine from an older vineyard in the heart of the Frankland River region, in an area between the towns of Frankland and Rocky Gully, from a vineyard adjacent to Frankland Estate. The cool to mild inland climate of this region, provides ideal conditions for great riesling to be grown. The lean granite based sandy loam soils produce Riesling with a distinctive chalky, mineral character which is unique to this area.
The grapes were handpicked and gently pressed at the Frankland Estate winery a few hours later. The fermentation was carried out at our winery at Chapman Hill at cool temperatures to preserve the crisp citrus flavours characteristic of the variety. The wine was filtered and bottled in late August.
The 2012 Riesling is a wine of great intensity and elegance. Aromas of lime, grapefruit, and freshly cut pear, are mixed with powerful lingering flavours of lime rind and sweet lemon on the palate. Chalky, mineral flavours run through the palate, balanced by a crisp acidity and a fine elegant tannin structure.
This elegant style of wine is based on the great Riesling wines from the South Australian regions of Eden Valley and Clare Valley.
Vegetables, fruit & herbs which match well:
Lemon thyme, caraway, fennel, persimmon, lime, lemon, snow peas, carrots, rhubarb, chives, Italian parsley, mint, lavender, asparagus, lemon sorrel.
Fresh natural oysters; seafood – prawns, fish, shellfish; marron; chicken – with citrus based dressings or sauces; sushi; stir fried Asian vegetables with sweet soy sauce and ginger; tuna with remoulade sauce; deep fried whitebait.
James Halliday, 2015 Wine Companion – 94 pts:
“Pale straw-green; you can sense the minerality of the palate on the lime and pear bouquet, and indeed all three components come through with conviction on the palate – yet without losing finesse.”