**Certified Organic, Vegan Friendly**
**93 James Suckling, 93 pts Mike Bennie, 95 James Halliday, 95 points. Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion 2021, 91 Houn Hooke**
2020 was an outstanding shiraz vintage combining dry yet mild conditions that resulted in wonderful fruit concentration and aromatics. A dry winter and spring resulted in reduced yields however quality was exceptional with ideal growing conditions. Whilst dry the summer cooled considerably in early March slowing ripening of the Shiraz and providing fruit clarity and depth of flavour.
This wine was made from fruit sourced from our family’s certified organic estate vineyards. A selection of shiraz was sourced from eight small parcels across the estate vineyards including two additional clones of shiraz (clones 470 and 174) that complement the established clone that has been planted since the original vines in 1988. The use of whole bunch fermentation (4.5%) and the inclusion of additional varietals planted progressively over the past 20 years have been precisely blended give the wine complexity and uniqueness. All vineyards are managed under certified organic principals (certified organic 2010), a practice we feel is important for reflecting the uniqueness of the site through a purity of fruit.
"Shiraz has been a main player with Frankland Estate almost from the get go and this is one of the very best under this label. Okay, the vintage was excellent. But the approach to producing a wine that is truly reflective of place has been a resounding success. On the nose and palate, you get that ironstone ferrous intrigue that comes directly from this ancient soil. The palate is smoothly integrated with a deft use of oak and outstanding tannin management. The balance between the sweet medium weight fruit and those ironstone characters is what really make this wine exceptional." - 96pts, Ray Jordan (The West Australian)
"Open-fermented, extended maceration, 14 months maturation in French puncheons. The deep purple colour sets the scene for a powerful, fragrant wine with poached spiced plum and ripe tannins, the French oak beating a delicate tattoo on the finish. 14.5% alc, screwcap, drink to 2033" - 95 Points, Wine Companion
"A concentrated and complex aroma of plum spices and floral tones lift from the glass alluding to a shiraz of elegance and depth. The nose leads to a shiraz with middle weight and delicacy on the palate yet with substantial depth of flavour and complexity. Spice and ironstone earthiness sit well along the bright fruits of plum and red current that give the wine a juiciness and approachability whilst having great length and freshness. The complexity of this wine no doubt comes from the three clones of shiraz now grown in the estates certified organic vineyards and the eight small parcels used for this shiraz ((making up 90.1% of the wine) with 4.5% of this being whole bunch fermented), supported by the use of small additions of Touriga Nacional (4.4%), Mourvèdre (4.4%), and Viognier (1.1%). " - Winery notes