Frankland River Icon Chardonnay 2018
About The Wine
This awesome oaked Frankland River Icon Chardonnay 2018 was barrel fermented and then spent 11 months in new French oak barrels. The wine displays rich fruit flavours of melon, peach and green citrus notes combined with integrated oak creaminess on the palate. The wine is elegant and refined and will age spectacularly with increased intensity and oak flavours.
Comments from Wine Buyer Steve:
This is a stunning barrel fermented 2018 Chardonnay. With a total maturation of about 11 months in barrel. Succulent aromas of nectarine, peach and suggestions of tropical pineapple are enhanced by the sweet vanillin barrel character. The Malolactic fermentation together with a tight acid structure ensure great texture, flavour and longevity. The oak integration is amazing together with the fresh flavours of peach and melon and fine citrus flavours. This is a Chardonnay that is going to get better and better with age This is exceptional value at $16.00 per bottle.
My Score 94/100 WACC Gold Medal.
About The Producer
The winery that produced this fantastic Frankland River Icon Chardonnay 2018 is a very small family operation. The winery itself was established in 1985 and all wines produced are from single vineyard fruit. A winery this small hand picks the grapes and put a lot of love into the finished product. We are very lucky to be given a small parcel of this magnificent oaked Chardonnay.
About the region:
Frankland River is a key Australian wine sub-region the south of Western Australia. It is located just inland from the Southern Ocean coast, 185km east of Margaret River and 300km south-east of Perth.
With almost 5000 acres (2025ha) of vines planted, this is comfortably the most prolific of the five Great Southern sub-regions. Named after the river which bisects it (and the town at its center), Frankland River’s soils and topography consist of significant alluvial features such as flood plains and valleys with mixed clays and gravels
The typical Frankland River vineyard is planted with Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Riesling is unquestionably the area’s specialty, with its crisp, fresh style standing out from the more diesel–kerosene notes found in the warmer regions further north. Frankland River Riesling has established a name for itself, although it has yet to reach the fame of its counterparts from the Eden and Clare valleys in South Australia. Frankland River’s cool nights and mineral soils are credited for this fresh style – as they are for the region’s peppery Shiraz, which is reminiscent of the northern Rhone Syrah. In general, local winemakers tend to use less vanillin-imparting American oak than their counterparts in the east of Australia, which permits this style to shine through.