Frankland River ‘Icon’ Riesling 2017

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This Frankland River Icon Riesling 2016 just oozes crisp acid flavours of citrus and lime and a beautiful mineral finish. Delicate yet intense flavours of lemon and lime. Bright, sherbet and lively on the palate with a lingering mineral acidity.

The producer of this fantastic Frankland River Icon Riesling 2016 is in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. They are one of WA’s largest family owned and operated wine producers. The current owners represent the third and fourth generation living and working on the in Frankland River. It is this family’s love and commitment the Great Southern, as well as the unique combination of gravelly loam soils, warm sunny days and cool nights during the ripening season that produce grapes of intense varietal character and a sense of place. The winery is rated a perfect 5 Red Stars by James Halliday in his 2016 Wine Companion.

About The Icon: No one can dispute the iconic status of this legendary female singer and musical genius! Her talent was immeasurable in every way. She was born in London England on September 14th 1983. She broke into the music business at the tender age of 16 years when one of her classmates and close friends passed on a demo tape to a music label that was searching for a jazz vocalist. She signed her first record deal as a jazz vocalist and her music later blossomed into a mixture of jazz, pop, soul and R&B.

She was surrounded by the influence of jazz from a very young age as many of her close relatives on her mother’s side were professional Jazz musicians and her father sang as a child with his own family. This iconic figures grandmother was romantically involved with British jazz legend Ronnie Scott.

Because of this musical background this iconic figure grew up listening to a diverse range of music from James Taylor to Sarah Vaughn. At age 10 she became attracted to the rebellious spirit of female R&B and hip hop acts like Salt- N-’Pepa.

Her music centred on her own personal struggles with addition and relationships. There is no doubt her musical talent was huge and she won 5 Grammy Awards in one night equalling Beyonce’s then record.  Her music will last the test of time and unfortunately her Iconic status was sealed with her untimely death at the tender age of 27 years due to addiction and substance abuse.

There was much controversy in our office when we discussed the selection of this Iconic figure for inclusion in our Icon range of wines. Her addition issues began with alcohol abuse and quickly spiralled to the abuse of hard drugs. Whilst we in no way condone the abuse of alcohol it would have been remiss of us not to include this legendary songstress in our Icon range and we do not intend to promote the irresponsible consumption of alcohol in doing so. After much debate we just wanted to honour her in some way as an Iconic artist and figure. When selecting a wine to pair with such a musical genius and talent we could not go past this magnificent Mount Barker Icon Riesling 2015.

The winery behind this wine has won numerous awards just like this iconic figure did in her short career. The winery is at the top of their game just like she was when she met her untimely death. The aromas are crisp and fresh with beautiful floral overtones… just like the fresh, crisp and straight to the point lyrics that this songstress gave to us. The flavours of lime and crisp acid finish remind us of the truth and honesty contained in her captivating and unique voice. We only had this iconic figure for a short time but what a ride it was… she was one of a kind and we were lucky to be immersed in her talent. Likewise we will only have this wine for a short time so please enjoy the talents of this winery and iconic wine as much as we have.

Comments from Our Wine Buyer: This is a Riesling in a class of its own. It is from one of Western Australia’s best producers of the variety located in the heart of Frankland River. We have been very lucky to secure a small parcel of this wine for our customers. The wine just oozes crisp acid flavours of citrus and lime and a beautiful mineral finish. You wont find a Riesling of this class for anywhere near our price of $15.00 per bottle.

Product Notes

Alcohol Content:
Serving Suggestions:
- 93/100 points
Lifted notes of lemon zest with hints of musk
Delicate yet intense flavours of lemon and lime. Bright, sherbet and lively on the palate with a lingering mineral acidity
Oak Treatment:
Frankland River, WA
Cellaring Potential:
Drinking well now - Good for 2-3 years cellaring. Stelvin Cap Closure


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