Frankland Estate Olmos Reward 2014
14% Cabernet Franc Blend.
Olmo’s Reward is named after Dr Harold Olmo, the Californian viticulturist who in 1956 first identified the potential of the Frankland River region to produce premium wines. Cabernet Franc is the dominant component of Olmo’s Reward, typically malbec, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot play minor supporting roles giving additional complexity. A wine with complexity and subtlety yet an impressive underlying power.
James Halliday 96
Deep crimson red with purple hues. Entwines hints of vanilla, plum, currants and cherry. Fresh and bright, a delicate palate to start showing freshness and bright sweet fruit, red-berries, plum and lifted floral notes. The tightly woven palate has fine grained gravely tannins, slight mocha and savoury earthy notes. The palate is flavoursome and persistent. A very refined, beautifully balanced and effortlessly elegant wine with the structure and fruit intensity to richly reward further cellaring.
All three varieties used in the blend were dry-grown on mature vines in the Isolation Ridge Vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard sits on an undulating northern and eastern facing slope on ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. It is farmed using organic viticultural practices (certified organic in 2010) and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavours. The vines are trained on a combination of Scott Henry Trellis system and vertical shoot attention to detail during the growing season encourages flavour development and promotes balance in the wine.
Each variety was fermented separately as slowly as possible at temperatures not exceeding 27°C. Open fermentation tanks facilitated working the cap with gentle plunging and pumping over. After fermentation, an extended maceration period allowed desired colour, flavour and tannin extraction. The component wines were blended on completion of the malolactic fermentation and then aged in French Oak for 15 months.