Wine Advocate 92 points - The 2011 Riesling is a more earthy, savory style of Riesling giving herbal and crushed stone notes over hints of apple, fresh pears and bread. Light-bodied and crisp in the mouth, it has a great core of apple and pear flavors with a detectable touch of residual sugar (19 grams per liter) and a very long finish. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2020+. (Aug 2012)
Wine Enthusiast 92 points - This is a cask-reared, slightly off-dry Riesling fermented with indigenous yeasts that’s like no other Aussie Riesling. Some funky mushroomy, umami-like notes accent ripe apple and nectarine flavors, and then a squirt of lime follows on the bright, lengthy finish. Despite its relatively low alcohol, the wine is richly textured and possesses ample weight on the palate. (Sep 2013)
Established in 1988 by Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam, Frankland Estate is a family owned and operated winery located in the Frankland River district, a cool climate region situated 124 miles inland from the Southwest coast of Western Australia. Isolation Ridge Vineyard sits within the family’s 3,000 acre property on which the family has run their sheep and wool growing enterprise since 1974. Their 74 acre vineyard was planted in 1988 to regional soils (aka coffee rock) of ironstone and limonite cemented sand. The vines slowly mature over long dry summers and cold wet winters, are dry farmed and yields are kept low. Winemaker Judi Cullam is assisted by her children, viticulturalist Elizabeth Smith and operational manager, Hunter Smith. Isolation Ridge was certified organic by ACO (Australian Certified Organics) and the fruit for Rocky Gully wines and the single vineyard Rieslings is sourced from locally certified organic growers...