Frankland Estate 2004 Isolation Ridge Vineyard Shiraz (Frankland River)
93 Points Editors’ Choice

This is the sort of Shiraz that forces tasters to re-examine their view of the variety as produced in Australia. It starts off with powerful aromas of cracked pepper and floral notes evocative of violets, then delivers explosively spicy flavors of pepper and licorice cushioned by ripe blackberries and a rich, supple texture. It's the best of New and Old Worlds. Drink 2010–2020 plus. Imported by USA Wine West.

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  • Alcohol
    14.5%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    Red
  • Importer
    World Wine Headquarters
  • Date Published
    12/31/2008
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
2008
Joe Czerwinski
Czerwinski has been a wine journalist, editor and taster for over a decade and is a regular wine panelist, speaker and educator for events and organizations worldwide.
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