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2017 Singlefile 'The Philip Adrian' Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon

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.


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2018 Vintage

5 stars, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, Apr 2021

2017 Vintage

96 points, Campbell Mattinson, Oct 2020
96 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Oct 2020
96 points, Nick Stock,, Sep 2020
96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2020
94 points, James Suckling,, Mar 2020
4 stars, Best Wines of 2019, Winestate Magazine, Jan 2020

2016 Vintage

5 stars, Best Wines of 2020, Western Australia, Winestate Magazine, Annual Edition 2021
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

2015 Vintage

16.0 points, Tamlyn Currin,, 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

2014 Vintage

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,, Oct 2017

2013 Vintage

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

2012 Vintage

96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2015
96 points, Ray Jordan, WA Wine Guide, Nov 2014
'mature and profound', Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Aug 2015

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Frankland River
Alcohol %
Product Reviews
Nicole Davis's Gravatar
Nicole Davis
(29/06/2019 at 7:23 PM)
This wine is a stunner. There is some powerful, vibrant red fruit, but it’s balanced by the oak and already it’s silky smooth. Don’t wait for a special occasion, opening a bottle of this stand out Cabernet Sauvignon is the occasion. It shows off the best of the Frankland River region and will happily age for quite a while. Call us hasty jumping into it now but our second bottle will enjoy a long rest in the cellar.

Natalie Blakeney's Gravatar
Natalie Blakeney
(12/07/2019 at 1:58 PM)
Strikingly fragrant bouquet- with ripened gooseberries and a sprinkling of cardamom. The palate entry is opulent yet bold with full-bodied flavours, finely grained, earthy textural components, reminiscent of satsuma plum and elderberry. And did I taste a whisper of smoke and light maple syrup entwining with the dark, dry fruit? An elegant, sophisticated wine: perfectly balanced to yield mouth-watering delight. One of my favourites- for special occasions, or to warm me up on those cold Great Southern winter nights.

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Peter French
(06/11/2020 at 10:32 AM)
The 2017 Philip Adrian is the much-awaited new vintage in this outstanding and award-winning series of superb Cabernet Sauvignons from Singlefile – and boy is it is well worth the wait. This is a beautifully made, elegant wine, with silky smooth texture, medium body and long length on the palate. Luscious berry notes are mixed with hints of licorice, cedar and tobacco leaf, ending with a fine dry finish. Tasted in 2020 I can only imagine how great this wine will taste with 10 – 30 years of cellar age on it. Produced in very limited quantities this is a must buy for any lover of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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