2017 Singlefile 'The Philip Adrian' Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon
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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 Philip Adrian is Singlefile’s flagship red wine where every measure is taken to ensure only the best fruit and barrels are selected. This wine will only be made in exceptional vintages.
2017 was one of the more cooler vintages in a number of years for the southern sub-regions of the Great Southern although Frankland River still delivered great conditions for the later ripening varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine is 97% cabernet sauvignon (Houghton clones) and 3% Malbec, the fruit picked and sorted in April 2017. It was cold soaked in a small fermenter for two weeks with minimum pump overs before undergoing an extended and gentle maceration lasting for six weeks. Forty-eight percent of the wine was matured in new Bordeaux oak barriques for fourteen months. The balance went to one-year-old (40%) and two-year-old (12%) Bordeaux barriques (for the same period). The wine was bottle aged for a further twelve months before release.
The wine displays aromas of dark red berry fruit and light earthy characters. The palate is vibrant with cassis fruit and mouth filling supple earthy tannins.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
5 stars, Top in Category, Best of the West, Winestate Magazine, Apr 2020
5 stars, Equal Top in Category, Best Wines of 2019, Winestate Magazine, Jan 2020
97 points, Ray Jordan, The West Australian 2020 Wine Guide, Nov 2019
95 points, Nick Butler, The Real Review, Sep 2019
97 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2019
94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Jun 2019
97 points, Ray Jordan, The Weekend West, May 2019
18.7 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, May 2019
16.0 points, Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, Dec 2018
97 points, Ray Jordan, 2019 WA Wine Guide, Nov 2018
18.5 points, Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Sep 2018
97 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2018
95 points, QWine, Jun 2018
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Jun 2018
97 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2017
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front, Jun 2017
18.5+ points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, Jul 2017
18.5 points, Regan Drew, vinonotebook.com, Oct 2017
98 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Nov 2015
98 points, Perth Cafe Culture, Apr 2016
97 points, Ray Jordan, Weekend West, Aug 2016
96 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2016