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Frankland Estate

The estate was founded by Barrie Smith and Judi Cullam in 1988 in the cool climate Frankland River subregion of the Great Southern wine region. The estate lies 250 kilometres east of Margaret River, and around 40 kilometres inland from the south-west coast. This is the most isolated wine region of Western Australia, but considered a prime winemaking area due to the pristine, almost completely disease and pollution free growing conditions. Although inland, the moderating influence of the Southern Ocean finds its way to the vineyards, and the soils are ironstone-based gravels and duplex sandy loams, which lie over clay subsoils derived from weathered granitic outcrops. In 1956 the renowned American viticulturist, Dr. Harold Olmo [Frankland's superb Olmo's Reward is named in his honour] identified the area as a place which could make wines comparable to Bordeaux. After working two vintages at Château Senejac in the Haut-Médoc, the Cullam's decided to diversify their interests from wool to grapes. Returning home they planted their first vines on a site at their Frankland River grazing property, aptly named Isolation Ridge, and the vineyard was named after its location. They farm organically with certification since 2009. Frankland focus on two grape varieties; Shiraz, which is made in a Northern Rhône style, and Riesling - they produce three single vineyard Rieslings. Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot also feature. Additionally Frankland source fruit from growers within the Frankland River region who share their commitment to sustainable agriculture. Barrie and Judi's son Hunter and daughter Elizabeth have now joined the business to make it a real family affair. Frankland produce intensely flavoured wines of exceptional quality which express the special terroir of this isolated hidden gem of Western Australia.