2018 Singlefile Single Vineyard Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The continental cool climate sub-region of Frankland River sits within the north west corner of the Great Southern wine region (its latitude 34°39’S). The Riversdale vineyard, planted in 1997 on deep gravel over clay soils, on a north-south orientation, is located 7kms north west of the Frankland River township.
The 2017 winter saw lots of rainfall that continued into spring. Summer was dry and warm with even temperatures throughout February, March, April. These provided perfect conditions to achieve optimal ripeness and tannin profile.
The fruit picked and sorted in mid April 2018. It was cold soaked in a small fermenter for twelve days before undergoing an extended and gentle maceration. Post-fermentation, the wine was left on skins for 18 days. Thirty percent of the wine was matured in new Bordeaux oak barriques. The balance went to one year old (40%) and two year old (30%) Bordeaux barriques for fourteen months.
This wine displays complex aromas of black currant, plum and cassis, with savoury earthiness and gentle oak support. The wine is effortlessly mouth filling with a juicy dark 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
4 stars, Best Wines of 2019, Winestate Magazine, Jan 2020
18.6 points, Barry Weinman, Western Suburbs Weekly, Sep 2019
"Impressively Balanced", John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph, Aug 2019
95 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2019
93 points, '100 of the Best', Mike Bennie & Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine, Jul 2019
92+ points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Jul 2019
93 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jun 2019
18.6 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, May 2019
92 points, Toni Paterson, The Real Review, May 2019
94 points, Nick Butler, The Real Review, May 2019
94 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Apr 2019
18 points, Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, May 2019
93 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Mar 2019
16.5 points, Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, Dec 2018
95 points, Ray Jordan, 2019 WA Wine Guide, Nov 2018
95 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2018
96 points, Jane Faulkner, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2017
96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Jul 2015
96 points, David Prestipino, WA Today, Jun 2016
94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Jan 2016
94 points, Erin Larkin, Nov 2015
'Fresh and Refreshing', Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Feb 2017
94 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Nov 2015
96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Mar 2014
93 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Jul 2014
93 points, Wine and Spirits Magazine, Feb 2015
'A Wine of Style', Sydney Morning Herald, May 2014
'Stylish, Sophisticated', Windsor Dobbin, Jun 2014
Little to be seen here in terms of herbaceous or savoury notes just yet, so best matched with cheese or pate/parfait unless you're holding on for the long haul (maybe 10+ years?). But if you love your fruit, there's no need to wait.