Frankland Estate was established in 1988 by husband and wife team Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam.
Today, the second generation of the family, Hunter and his sister Elizabeth, manage the winemaking and the viticulture as they continue to build on the 24 years of experience and knowledge developed by their parents.
The Smith-Cullam family aim to make wines that reflect nature rather than the hand of the winemaker. This is the basis of their commitment to sustainable farming and to working the land in accord with the cycles of nature. In doing so the wines articulate the distinctive features of their unique vineyard sites. Best demonstrated by their commitment to the Riesling and Shiraz varieties, Frankland Estate has developed an international reputation for producing wines
reflective of the soil, aspect and microclimate of specific vineyard sites.
The Isolation Ridge vineyard in specific, located 65 km from the cold Southern Ocean lies on part the farm where the family have run a wool growing enterprise since 1974. Planted to vineyard in 1988, its a truly unique terroir. Sitting high on an ironstone ridge with ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay subsoil it contributes mineral, flinty characters to the wines it produces and is today one of Australia’s most iconic vineyards.
“For some reason, whenever I drink Isolation Ridge Riesling I get a sensational chill down my spine – perhaps its the name, perhaps its the tender; yet nervy fruit, perhaps its the jittery acidity, perhaps its the vineyard…”
“…these distinctive wines are totally differnt from any other Australian wine I have tasted. What sets them apart is an underlying singular graphite-like character that gives them an earthy terror-driven quality in both the aromatics and flavours…”
Robert Parker Jnr
“A wine that has now become so consistently great, it is a liquid tribute to the dedication of the Cullam family, to their vineyard and winemaking; this 2014 is no exception. The nose is reminiscent of lime juice on crushed rocks and for a riesling lover that is basically aromatic nirvana – there are some gentle florals and a spicy edge too. The palate has deep-set power and striking purity; it draws deep and then fires like an arrow in a straight lime-drenched line of tangy citrus flavor, holding long, nailing the target. Exhilarating now, this will age for more than a decade without raising a sweat.”
“Some of the most exciting Shiraz from Australia comes from the ‘wine frontier’: places remote from civilisation. At Frankland Estate, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, sheep, olives and Shiraz vines flourish side by side…”