We were pleased to receive some great reviews from WA wine writer, Ray Jordan, following his tasting a selection of our newly released wines. Among the results were scores of 95 points for our 2021 Single Vineyard Frankland River Clément V and the 2022 Limited Release 'The Pamela' Porongurup Riesling, 96 points for the 2022 Singlefile Family Reserve Chardonnay, and 97 points for the yet-to-be-released 2019 Limited Release 'The Philip Adrian' Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon.
2022 Singlefile Limited Release 'The Pamela' Porongurup Riesling
The fruit for this excellent riesling comes from the Misery Hill Vineyard in the Porongurup Range. Strikes immediately with a lime zest and sherbet-like aroma merged with a slightly chalky limestone dust. The palate is tense and tightly framed but there is texture. A trace of sea spray lifts from the nose to complete a very good wine.
2022 Singlefile Family Reserve Chardonnay
I expected this to be a mighty good chardonnay from this season, and true to form it has not disappointed. Engaging aromas of lemon zest and grapefruit with a subtle roasted cashew addition. A small amount of malolactic fermentation has introduced a textural element to the palate. On the nose the faintest hint of struck match adds further complexity. It’s delicate but there is power, a hallmark of the best chardonnays. One of the best under this label.
2022 Singlefile Single Vineyard Porongurup Pinot Noir
This has been sourced from the Misery Hill Vineyard in the Porongurups. Medium bodied with excellent structure and poise. The aromas of sour cherry and spicy slightly gamey characters are engaging. The palate is refined and focused with a fine chalky acid and fine boney tannins in control. Plenty of red fruit emerges with breathing. I reckon another few years will see it really hit its straps.
2022 Singlefile Great Southern Malbec
You’re getting a decent bang for your buck with this cracking malbec. Immediately, the deep dark colour is evident. Then the nose delivers a mass of dark chocolate, blackberry and spices. The palate is soft and supple with succulent fruit showing typical malbec juiciness. Plenty to chew on here. A real crowd pleaser.
2021 Singlefile Single Vineyard Frankland River Clément V
A blend of syrah, mataro and grenache from the Riversdale Vineyard in Frankland River. Interesting that the syrah includes a couple of Rhone clones, 877 and 470, which are starting to have a significant impact on WA syrahs. Perfumed exotic notes of spices and red fruit. The palate is medium weight, elegant and seamlessly refined. Love the chewy fine-grained tannins and clever use of oak including a portion of new.
2019 Singlefile Limited Release 'The Philip Adrian' Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon
This comes off the Riversdale Vineyard in Frankland River. It is a very good example of this vintage which produced quite linear and angular wines, yet with classic Bordeaux structure and character. Deep dark berry nuances throughout then a slightly leafy blackcurrant and ironstone rust emerges. The tannins are firm and fine and the oak well managed. A wine of great cabernet structural integrity with so much cellaring time. Leave it a few years before trying it, because like all the 2019s I have tasted they benefit with a little extra time in bottle.