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Fran­k­land Es­tate Iso­la­tion Ridge Ries­ling

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

FRAN­K­LAND Es­tate ex­panded its ries­ling range years ago with the in­tro­duc­tion of two sin­gle-vine­yard wines sit­ting along­side the orig­i­nal Iso­la­tion Ridge Vine­yard re­lease. The three wines from 2007 are priced at $27 but my pref­er­ence lies with the orig­i­nal wine (95 points). It has a pow­er­ful lemon and lime bou­quet, with touches of spice, and an even more pow­er­ful and in­tense palate driven by pen­e­trat­ing cit­rus run­ning through the long fin­ish. The Poi­son Hill Vine­yard wine (94 points) has frac­tion­ally less fo­cus but more weight and cit­rus fruits on the long, tex­tured min­eral fin­ish. I’m not sure I gave Cooladerra Vine­yard the points it was due (I scored it 92), for it has the low­est al­co­hol (11 per cent), com­pared with 12 per cent and 12.5 per cent re­spec­tively for the other ries­lings, yet it is ripe and full of ex­otic fruits, off­set by min­er­ally notes, then a long and fo­cused fin­ish. Dis­trib­uted by Cel­lar­hand. James Halliday

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