2018 Singlefile Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
This wine is a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 15% malbec, the malbec not mentioned on the front label given the quantity offered in the blend has varied from 0% to 15%.
The fruit was picked and sorted in mid April 2018. It was cold soaked in small fermenters for twelve days before undergoing an extended and gentle maceration allowing for the softening of the tannins. Thirty percent of the wine was matured in new Bordeaux oak barriques. The balance went to one year old (50%) and two year old (20%) Bordeaux barriques for thirteen months maturation before final blending and bottling in August 2019.
This wine displays bright and lifted aromas of dark berry and bay leaf, and gentle oak support. The wine is effortlessly mouth filling with juicy red 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.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
5 stars, Equal Top in Category, Best of the West, Winestate Magazine, Apr 2020
4 stars, Winestate Magazine, Feb 2020
96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2019
92 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jun 2019
92 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Jun 2019
96 points, Top 40 Winter Reds, James Halliday, The Weekend Australian, May 2019
17.5 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, May 2019
16.0 points, Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, Dec 2018
96 points, James Halliday, Top 100, The Australian, Nov 2018
95 points, Ned Goodwin, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2018
17.5 points, Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Jun 2018
92 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Apr 2018
17.8 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, Apr 2018
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Mar 2018