Swinney can do no wrong at present, with a brilliant suite of reds, but the Riesling is just as good, with a lemon-scented nose accented with white flowers and talc ushering in a linear and mineral palate of great precision but also gentle texture.
This opens with an elegant but intensely flavoured nose of white florals, talc, lemons and limes and a flinty mineral note. There’s race here, but there’s also a gentle textural play, giving the mid palate a little flex that is whip-cracked into line with a super-racy line of natural acidity carrying the flavours long – pure, refined, racy but packed with flavour.
Themes of this wine
Riesling is one of the world’s most versatile grapes, capable of making styles from aridly dry to lusciously sweet, plus everything in between, and with a transparency that reflects where it was grown like few – if any – other grapes. Hailing from Germany, it’s equally embedded in France and Austria, while the style made famous in the Clare Valley that once defined Australian versions has now been joined by a multitude of expressions, and from right across the country.
A subregion of Western Australia’s sprawling Great Southern, Frankland River is in the north-west corner of the region. Although it is inland, cooling sea breezes carry through across the subregion, moderating the warm days, while the nights are cool, making for wines of intensity and freshness. The regional heroes are riesling, shiraz and the cabernet family.