Singlefile Great Southern Clement V 2014
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.
This wine is a blend of the classic Rhone varieties of Shiraz (62%), Mataró (33%) (also known as Mourvèdre), and Grenache (5%). A medium bodied blend of Shiraz, Mataró and Grenache, this wine has bright, perfumed aromatics of red fruits and spice with a subtle savoury edge. The palate is plush, with a smoothly textured mouth feel with fine grained chewy tannins. Medium bodied and well suited to complement food.
62% shiraz, 33% mataro, 5% grenache from the Riversdale Vineyard in Frankland River, hand-picked and sorted, the components separately vinified, each receiving a 12-day cold soak before extended fermentation and maceration, 35% matured in new barriques, the remainder used, for 11 months. Redefines what is possible with this blend from Frankland River. While shiraz provides black fruits and fine-grained tannins, the other varieties are seamlessly joined with subtle, spicy red fruits. Great value. Drink By: 2034; Price: $30.00; Date Tasted: 12 Sep 2015; Alcohol: 14.3%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Wine Companion
Last year’s release was a crackerjack wine. For $30. This year’s release is made up of shiraz (62%), mataro (33%) and grenache, all grown on the Riversdale vineyard in the Frankland River region. It sees extended maceration and goes into all-French oak, 33% new.
Truth is, it’s another pearler. Buy with confidence. It’s a wine of richness and personality. Substance. Red and black berried fruit, woodsmoke, mineral, twigs and herbs. Chocolate, dark, smoky. Tannin is superfine, length is impressive. I opened this on a cold winter’s night, in need of something meaty, something velvety. This served it up in spades, and kept me interested/entertained in the process. It’s what red wine is all about. Tasted : Aug16; Alcohol : 14.3%; Price : $30; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2016 - 2028+; Rated : 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Western Australia rises to the top again, much to the surprise of those who believe that South Australia “owns” grenache. This is a fragrant wine with generous flavour and supple tannins. Even though the grenache is in the minority, its perfume shows through. Highly Recommended; Winewise
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