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2023 Singlefile Great Southern Malbec

2023 Singlefile Great Southern Malbec
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The Malbec grape originates from France, the majority found in the Cahors region, a small town in the south-west. Because of the grapes’ thin skin it is susceptible to poor weather and the pests of the region and it never surfaced as a top French variety. However, it is a common blending grape used in many of the great wines of Bordeaux. It also found a new home in Mendoza, Argentina where a French botanist planted it by order of the mayor in 1868. It is increasingly being celebrated as an Argentine varietal.

There are only very small plantings of malbec in the Great Southern wine region. This 2023 Great Southern Malbec fruit was picked and sorted on 20th April 2023. It was cold soaked in small fermenters for two days before undergoing an extended and gentle maceration allowing for the softening of the tannins with the goal of creating a wine with structure and texture along with the natural juicy flavour profile of malbec. Twenty five percent of the wine was matured in new Bordeaux oak barriques. The balance went to two- and three-year old Bordeaux barriques for seven months maturation before final preparation for bottling in December 2023.


This wine displays bright and lifted perfumed aromas of dark fruits including plums and blackberries as well as subtle hints of chocolate and spicy oak. The wine is effortlessly mouth filling with a lovely soft and juicy red fruit flavour profile balanced with natural acidity and gentle fine-grained tannins which provide structure to a long finish. 


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2023 Vintage

93 points, Ray Jordan Wine, May 2024
92 points, Wine Showcase March 2024

2022 Vintage

95 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, Apr 2023
"A very good expression", Dr Craig Drummond MW, Medical Forum Magazine, May 2023

2021 Vintage

95 points, Top in Category, Wines of the West, Winestate Magazine, May/June 2022

2020 Vintage

93 points, Wine Showcase Magazine, Jun 2021
91 points, Wine Showcase Magazaine, Mar 2021

2019 Vintage

4.5 stars, Best Wines of 2020, Style Tastings, Winestate Magazine, Annual Edition 2021
Gold, 94 points, Wine Showcase Magazine, Jul 2020

2018 Vintage

4 stars, Best Wines of 2020, New Releases, Winestate Magazine, Annual Edition 2021
94 points, James Suckling, Mar 2020 
4 stars, Winestate Magazine, Feb 2020

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Sylvia Hodgetts's Gravatar
Sylvia Hodgetts
(08/12/2019 at 10:22 AM)
The Malbec is refined, smooth and has long lasting finish that’s a delight to drink. It has balanced fresh dark berry and spiced oak approach that is smooth and classy. Paired with grilled lamb and rocket salad, this is the perfect red for all year enjoyment.

Neville's Gravatar
(20/05/2020 at 12:07 PM)
The nose and the inky purple hues invite you into a full bodied wine of some complexity. Brooding, dark fruit flavours fill the middle and back palate with a velvety texture, and the light oak touch integrates the whole pleasurable experience. To be enjoyed with a wide range of pasta dishes.

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Russell Burder
(06/06/2020 at 9:23 PM)
Silky smooth mouth feel. Hint of coco on the pallet followed by joyous bursts of cherry and red current fruit.

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Ben Ward
(23/06/2020 at 2:59 PM)
A young wine has the classic Malbec characteristics with purple hues, big fruits and intensity front of the mouth, but lacks the long finish and complexity in 2020. Time will be kind to this wine, smoothing out the big fruits and improving the length and carry of the tannins and savoury notes on the nose. Lovely mulberry and plums with chocolate at the back of the palate. Goes REALLY well with tomato based pasta meals and red meats, matching the sweet and savoury notes.

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Norman O'Bryan
(01/03/2021 at 9:37 AM)
Very rich burgundy in colour. Aromas of ripe plum, with a delicate oak surrounding it. Surprisingly smooth and without any tannin or acid overlay. Would complement any Indian/Sri Lankan dishes, especially red meat curries. Delicious and long-lived in the mouth.

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Matty S Smith
(20/03/2021 at 7:20 PM)
This 2020 Malbec has rich fruity flavours with a subtle spice finish on the palate. Smooth on the first sip with the flavours becoming boulder after a few hours of airing. Very enjoyable to drink on its own or with a meal.

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Luke Sweedman
(30/03/2021 at 5:30 PM)
An intoxicating approachable nose hints at the wonderful mouth filling full flavour of the wine. Colours in the glass resonate of dark purple plum with berries also adding to the dark brooding intensity. A delicious satisfying wine with nuances of blackcurrant and blueberry with tones of tobacco and a lingering aftertaste that is silky dry and classical. A Malbec that reminds me of the best French Malbec's

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James Keneally
(08/04/2021 at 7:01 PM)
A bright dark purple coloured that swirls with blackberries, chocolate, cocoa and hint of stalk. The palate is broad and persistent with soft tannins providing the bed for blackberry fruits, little bit of plum, tobacco and leafy influences finishing with an attractive bitterness of the cocoa.

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Steve Hamilton
(09/04/2021 at 3:44 PM)
Malbec is one of my favourite varieties. Singlefile has made a more approachable Malbec, Flavours that stood out were, blackberries, Mulberries, dark chocolate and spice, As it sat on my palate for a few seconds. The wine just went down well assisted by those silky smooth tannins. This Malbec would benefit with some time in a decanter and also could cellared for 10-15 years. I need to get some shares in Singlefile Malbec!!

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Mark Mose
(14/08/2022 at 2:18 PM)
"C'est un magnifique malbec".

The Great Southern region of Western Australia seems perfectly suited to the Malbec grape, a variety that is often used for blending in France, and flourishes in Argentina as the wine grape of choice, because of it's magnificent luscious full-bodied flavours.

This Singlefile wine is deep and intense in colour and texture, and radiates such juicyness that one almost wants to chomp on it, and chew it deeply, delighting in it's full richness of flavour on the palate. The wine displays aromas of dark plums and dark cherries, with subtle oak. It is balanced with a natural acidity and "des tanins parfaits".

I consumed the bottle in two sittings, the first with Camembert and Olives, the second with organic home made guacamole and stone ground yellow corn bread - and these were wonderful sittings indeed. It would also be equally suited with all roasted red meats.

The fruit is richly enhanced due to minimal intervention, and has a wonderfully long finish, that one can meditate on for long after each tasting.

Malbec is my favourite grape variety, the juices of the red skins are exceptional, and also produce health giving antioxidant and procyanidin benefits.

In parts of Australia, like the Great Southern locations of Singlefile wines, Malbec deserves to become a champion varietal, and it has reached it's full potential in this magnificent wine.

This wine has been matured in new Bordeaux barriques, producing an almost regal flavour, and one can understand why in medieval times it was considered the blood-wine of kings and queens.

This wonderful grape variety's delicate physique, veils it's mighty intense, robust, and rich flavours. A truly excellent wine - 100 points.

Mary's Gravatar
(01/09/2022 at 1:53 PM)
Take one sip and your mouth will water. Fresh and juicy, an uncomplicated, expressive and dynamic Malbec, not too geeky, but not bland either. Red and black fruit aromas and savoury flavours of mulberries, blackcurrant, red plums, and hints of raspberries and violet flowers. Tannins carrying a luscious and spicy sensation. A rich expression of purity and youthful fruitiness lingering with a slightly meaty and spicy finish, how could you say no to a Malbec like this? Although is ready to drink now (serve it with your favourite grilled meat), if you prefer a mellower Malbec, this would be a great one to stock in your cellar. Cheers!

Lisa's Gravatar
(26/09/2023 at 12:25 PM)
That colour! My mouth was watering even before I tasted it and the taste didn’t disappoint. Deep and smooth with a big whack of berry thrown in. Love it!

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Freya Penny
(01/10/2023 at 6:51 PM)
We are normally merlot or pinot noir red wine drinkers so we’re worried this would be too heavy. but we were very pleasantly surprised. the flavours are rich and deep but it doesn’t feel too heavy. Absolutely loved it!

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The Wine Animal
(06/06/2024 at 6:53 PM)
The wine is dense and dark, showcasing the thick skin and richness of the Malbec grape. Dark fruits, think plums and blackberries mixed with chocolate and coffee. There is some underlying sea spray or saltiness as it could be described, but it adds some complexity and takes away some of the 'mouth filling' grip and fruit you get, its a welcome addition. For a straight malbec this is up the pointy end of wines. Yum.

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