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Singlefile are a boutique, family run winery dedicated to making single vineyard wines from select sites in the Great Southern of Western Australia. Their name pays homage to the geese who waddle in single file around the estate and the Latin on our crest translates to the pursuit of excellence – a principle they try and live by every day.

Singlefile Wines are unique expressions of Western Australia’s Great Southern. The approach is to track down the best fruit across the sub-regions of this corner of the earth, then apply minimal intervention to craft singular examples of the Singlefile style, stamped with the crest. Singlefile Wines are made in a thoughtful and refined style, with elegance and fruit-driven complexity and an enticing length of flavour.

Like all good Cabernets, the colour of Singlefile’s Frankland River expression is dark and broody, with aromas of blackcurrant, plum and cassis. Take a sip and be enticed by juicy dark fruit flavours, a good acid backbone and fine-grained tannins. The finish is long but soon enough you‘ll head back for more of the same. Put it away for 10-15 years or drink it while it’s fresh and young with a roast lamb shoulder, vegies and crisp potatoes.

How long do you have? This will outlive most of us I suspect. It’s firm, tannic, rich and controlled. It’s an A-class wine with a long term future. Graphite, blackcurrant, cocoa, bay and teams of dry-but-inconspicuous leaf matter. Long. Dry and structural. Balanced. An unstoppable cellarability, given appropriate storage. Rating: 95+ Points; Drink: 2020-2040+; Price: $37; Date Tasted: May 2016; Alcohol: 13.8%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

Taut, powerful, lengthy and exquisitely well polished. This doesn't put a foot wrong, and (given appropriate storage) won't do for many a decade to come. You can bank on this wine. It tastes of bay leaves, blackcurrant, cocoa and (subtle) tobacco, and feels strong and secure at every turn. It's the kind of anvil cellar collections can be built on. Drink by: 2040; Price: $37.00; Date Tasted: May 2016; Alcohol: 13.8%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion


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