Frankland Estate

Frankland Estate Alter Weg Riesling

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COUNTRY

Australia

VARIETY/TYPE

Riesling

VINTAGE

2020

ALCOHOL

13%

SIZE

750 ml

Nose: Tangerine and salinity support the delicate aroma of spice and the juicy ripe citrus tones. 

Palate: Mineral yet juicy palate, initially a very slight reduction aroma of gun smoke / ironstone gives way to the fruitfulness. Textured and vibrant.

Pairing: Korean chicken, seafood curry, cheese, creamy risotto with preserved lemons

 

Ben's Pick:

Truly the ‘Best in the West’ when it comes to Riesling! There is not a bad Riesling coming out of Frankland River but for a real treat you must try the new 2020 ‘Alter Weg’ Riesling from Frankland Estate. This wine having so many layers and complexities it is a wonder how they fit in the glass. The chief winemaker Brian Kent is an expert when it comes to all things Riesling, and for him 2020 was an exceptional vintage, unfortunate the yields were low however the result lead to an even higher quality wine. The moment the wine is in the glass it has an inviting aroma of white peach, apricot, white flowers, almond, honeyed-yogurt and a most comforting smell of rain hitting stone. It is incredibly bright and clean on the palate with a wonderful lingering complexity of stone fruit and a textural grip that just keeps you thinking and drinking. This is a wine to RUN AND BUY, because there just won’t be enough to go around with me drinking it!

THE VARIETY

Riesling

Riesling, the noble grape of Germany, is one of the world’s greatest varietals. The varietal has high-acidity and very aromatic, almost perfumed, with notes of lemon, wax, honeysuckle, green pear, apricot. The grapes are used to make everything from off-dry wine to dessert-style and in turn, it’s extraordinarily versatile with food. Lighter, crisper Rieslings pair well with delicate (or raw) fish and fresh salads. With more substantial Rieslings are great with Asian food, chicken, salmon and tuna.


THE REGION

Great Southern

On the southern fringes of WA, this large and diverse area has five official sub-regions. Along the coast there is Denmark and Albany which have a maritime climate. Moving north, there is Mount Barker, Porongurup and Frankland River where altitude plays a role reaching up to 300m above sea level. The moderate to cool climate allows for ideal conditions for a diverse range of varietals including Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay.