Mount Barker is located inland with an altitude of 50-150 metres. The climate is Mediterranean but there is lower humidity and more sunshine than at other Great Southern sub-regions like Frankland River.
Mount Barker is characterised by relatively poor marri soils and lateritic gravelly/sandy loams derived from granite rock protrusions. Although the marri soils provide perfect drainage, yields are generally very low which contributes to the intensity of the shiraz.
The continental aspect of the Mt Barker area, as well as the early spring winds, mean late flowering cool climate varietals such as cool climate shiraz (syrah) are well suited to the area. Singlefile produces a syrah from Mount Barker to contrast with its more full-bodied Frankland shiraz. Back to Regional Philosophy