Franklin Tate was founded by the son of WA wine icon John Tate in 2010, a few years after selling the famous Evans & Tate brand due to financial problems. The Tate family seems to have found fresh success with this range, which is sold widely by Woolworths-owned stores. They produce all the wines you’d expect from a WA winery – there’s a Cabernet Merlot, a Shiraz, a Sem Sav Blanc and of course today’s wine: Franklin Tate Estates Chardonnay 2018.
According to its website, Franklin Tate Estates owns a collection of vineyards in the heart of Margaret River. The wines are made by Rory Clifton Parks, who is also at the helm of another Tate family project, Miles from Nowhere. There doesn’t appear to be a cellar door, so this is obviously a commercially focused winery. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – all I care about it the quality of the wines. So, let’s find out how this one fares.
The Review: Franklin Tate Estates Chardonnay 2018
There are some faint lemon and mandarine notes on the nose. Also: a little bit of oyster shell and some clear oakiness. On the palate, there is a firm line of acidity, balanced by a spicy oak influence. The finish is rich and dry. It’s a good, oaky-style of chardonnay built on some quality fruit. Pretty good for $14 a bottle.