2023 Singlefile Great Southern Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
The colour is light and glistening. The wine displays powerful herbaceous aromatics with gooseberry and asparagus, and secondary floral and passionfruit aromas. The palate shows a textural, approachable mouth feel with primary flavours of citrus and tart gooseberry with tropical fruit and subtle minerality. Fruit flavours linger on the palate and the wine has a refreshing, clean finish.
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The 2023 growing season in the Great Southern delivered ideal conditions for cool climate semillon and sauvignon blanc. There was good rainfall over winter while spring was reasonably dry and summer held slightly cooler temperatures, allowing for flavours to develop while retaining natural acidity. The fruit, from selected semillon and sauvignon blanc vineyards in the region, was picked to produce a fresh and aromatic blend that showcases the best varietal characteristics of this classic Western Australian blend.
The semillon was picked before dawn on 28 March 2023 and the sauvignon blanc was picked on 22 March 2023. Both varieties were gently de-stemmed and crushed. A light pressing followed, with the free run juice separated and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The parcels of semillon and sauvignon blanc were kept separate throughout. The fermentation was carried out at 15°C for 15 days. On 18 April 2023 the wines were racked off their lees and blending trials were carried out to produce what we considered to be the best possible semillon and sauvignon blanc blend. With the goal of producing a dry, fresh styled wine with good structure and a nice length of flavour, the final blend was 62% semillon and 38% sauvignon blanc.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
97 points, Winestate Magazine, Semillon & Blends Tasting, Nov/Dec 2022
96 points, Winestate Magazine, New Release Wine Awards, Sept/Oct 2021
4 Stars, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Apr 2021
91 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2019
91 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jun 2019
90 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review, May 2019
91 points, Jeremy Oliver, Mar 2019
17.25 points, Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Jan 2019
91 points, Steve Leszczynski, Qwine, Sep 2018
92 points, Ned Goodwin, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2018
'Awesomely Refreshing', John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph, Jun 18
91 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Mar 2018
90 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2018
Top 100 Wines of 2018, Rob Geddes, 2018
92 points, Jane Faulkner, Australian Wine Companion, Feb 2017
92 points, Ray Jordan, The West Australian, Nov 2016
18.2 points, John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly, Sep 2016
Very Good, Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Dec 2016