I am typing this from a large wooden bench, hewn from local blue gums, the scent of wattle, wild sage and eucalypt in the air. While I have tasted some sublime, sappy Cabernet Franc-based wines from Frankland Estate, under the Olmo’s Reward lable, it is the second tier wine, Rocky Gully Shiraz / Viognier 2009 at a mere AUD 18, that struck me as being phenomenal value for money and thus, my wine of the week. Think violet, sage, blueberry and a tightly wound thread of peppery acidity. Yumbo.
Frankland Estate is arguably the most isolated vineyard I have ever been to anywhere in the world, yet manned by Hunter Smith and his wonderfully eccentric father, Barry; the wines reflect a commitment to organic viticulture and place. Bravo and another glass please!