2016 Singlefile Single Vineyard Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The continental cool climate sub-region of Frankland River sits within the north west corner of the Great Southern wine region (its latitude 34°39’S). The Riversdale vineyard, planted in 1997 on deep gravel over clay soils, on a north-south orientation, is located 7kms north west of the Frankland River township.
This wine is 100% cabernet sauvignon, the fruit picked and sorted in mid April 2016. It was cold soaked in a small fermenter for ten days before undergoing an extended and gentle maceration. Post-fermentation the wine was left on skins for 8 days. Forty percent of the wine was matured in new Bordeaux oak barriques. The balance went to one year old (30%) and two year old (30%) Bordeaux barriques for sixteen months.
This wine displays complex aromas of black currant, plum and cassis, with savoury earthiness and gentle oak support. The wine is effortlessly mouth filling with a juicy dark fruit flavours balanced with acidity and gentle fine grained tannins which lead to a long finish. It is well suited to red meat dishes such as a roast leg of lamb with garlic and herbs. It will continue to develop in the bottle for up to 15 years.
REVIEWS OF NOTE
96 points, Jane Faulkner, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2017
96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Jul 2015
96 points, David Prestipino, WA Today, Jun 2016
94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Jan 2016
94 points, Erin Larkin, Nov 2015
'Fresh and Refreshing', Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Feb 2017
94 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Nov 2015
96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Mar 2014
93 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Jul 2014
93 points, Wine and Spirits Magazine, Feb 2015
'A Wine of Style', Sydney Morning Herald, May 2014
'Stylish, Sophisticated', Windsor Dobbin, Jun 2014