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Fran­k­land Es­tate Iso­la­tion Ridge Ries­ling 2014 The Great South­ern is home to a sig­nif­i­cant and grow­ing pro­por­tion of Aus­tralia’s finest ries­lings.

In that company, Fran­k­land Es­tate’s 2002 and 2011 vin­tage Iso­la­tion Ridge Ries­lings are among the re­gion’s finest – and the just re­leased 2014 vin­tage is equally ex­cit­ing and an even bet­ter wine.

De­spite be­ing ripe and fullflavoured, this re­lease has a praise­wor­thy 11.7 per cent al­co­hol and a lively, tin­gling and lime- in­spired crisp edge that will see it de­velop won­der­fully over 20plus years.

De­spite the in­clu­sion of a touch of the woodaged ‘Smith Cul­lam’ ries­ling (off a tiny old vine block) for com­plex­ity, this wine has a de­li­cious and youth­ful verve and vi­brancy.

Fran­k­land Es­tate’s most highly rated ries­lings have been among Aus­tralia’s best – and now this 2014 Iso­la­tion Ridge is their finest ever.

18.5 points RRP $35. (Avail­able from Fe­bru­ary)

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