Frankland River. Open landscape and majestic rolling hill country.

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34° 39’S

Altitude 200-300 m (656-984 feet)

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310 mm (12 inches)

Growing season rainfall - Oct-Apr

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47% Humidity

Oct-Apr, 3 pm Average 47%

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19ºC (JAN)

Heat degree days, Oct-Apr 1441

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MAR > APR

Harvest from early Mar - mid April

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Soil Types

Ironstone based gravels & duplex sandy loam

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Frankland River

Frankland River vines supply many wineries in Western Australia and produce grapes for some of Australia’s iconic wines.

The generally open, rolling hill country of Frankland River is the catchment for the Frankland, Gordon, Kent, and Tone Rivers.

The first contemporary vineyard was planted in 1967 and by the 1980s a number of family vineyards had been established including Alkoomi, who first planted in 1971, Frankland Estate and Old Kent River.

Today the subregion has 1,600 hectares under vines that supply many wineries in Western Australia and produce grapes for some of Australia’s iconic wines.

Frankland River is inland and northerly where cool nights and warm days with long sunlight hours provide a true Mediterranean climate. Although inland, a moderating sea breeze often finds its way into the region.

The ironstone based gravels and duplex sandy loams lie over clay sub-soils derived from granitic outcrops. These have weathered over time to create the undulating rolling hills that define the region.

Wines from Frankland River are sold throughout the world and the subregion is internationally recognised for producing premium Shiraz and Riesling. Other varieties that thrive include Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

There is developing interest in using ‘new’ varieties such as Tempranillo and Gewurztraminer to produce blends of character and complexity.

Feature Varietal Profile

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