Such a good riesling, is this. It’s from Mount Barker. There is a bracing tension here with that fine precise acid lancing through the palate to carry a long finish. Spicy and minerally with a fine limey infusion. So much persistent intensity for such a light bodied almost delicate wine. A beauty.
This has been given a little French oak and lees treatment to develop additional richness and depth of fruit as you might expect with this style from France. Strikes a perfect balance with crisp lively fruit showing citrus tang and lively spicy pear and apple crumble with a faint hint of lychee.
The use of French oak, including a small amount of new oak has given this savvy a whole different view of life. IT has texture and richness on the palate but the crisp minerally acidity holds it to a tight lingering finish. A complete wine offering tremendous drinking now or over the next few years.
A thrilling example of Great Southern chardonnay that ranks right at the top of the tree in WA. Such a complex maze of aromas on the nose with meal and subtle understated grapefruit, cashew and light stone fruit. The palate is keenly focused with deep layers of flavours held with precision and clarity. Nice subtle hint of lees and toasty oak on the finish.
Cracking good wine that amply demonstrates the qualities of Frankland as a cabernet region. Loads of deep dark fruit displaying typical Frankland juiciness and plushness. Yet there is structure and poise here with firmish tannins and well played oak. Great depth and power.
Singlefile Estate Riesling 2014 ($25)
Perfumed Riesling from the Porongurups provides further evidence of the excellence of this region for this aromatic variety. The palate is still tense and tight at this stage but the fine acid provides a gentle support and focus to carry it to a long finish. Has a nice subtle bath salty and primary spicy citrus character.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
Singlefile Estate Pemberton Fume Blanc 2014 ($30)
Best of the West 2016 – sauvignon blanc
Terrific light-bodied sauvignon blanc from Pemberton with the use of oak superb. It’s crisp and minerally with a brilliant fresh vitality evident through the palate. Light tropical characters with some citrusy minerally fruit intensity. There’s a delicacy about it yet the palate extends to an exceptionally long finish.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 6 years
Singlefile Estate Family Reserve chardonnay 2014 ($50)
Everything about this wine sourced from Denmark ticks all the right boxes. Enticing bouquet of stone fruit and brioche with a grapefruit and roasted cashew influence. The palate has a delicious concentration of fruit balanced with some nice lightly toasted oak. Hints of honey and marmalade with a twist of lemon.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 6 years
Singlefile Run Free shiraz 2014 ($25)
Boy this wine has some colour. Almost opaque with a deep black core. The aroma is all fruitcake and dark satsuma plums with a lashing of licorice and chocolate with a sprinkle of spices. Dense and unctuous palate coating with a rich concentration. Yet it’s all delivered with a deft subtlety.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years
Singlefile Estate The Philip Adrian cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($80)
High-class cabernet sourced from the famous Riversdale Vineyard at Frankland River. Such a silky smooth and velvety textured cabernet that deceptively conceals its power and concentrated intensity. Deep blackcurrant and earthy dark plummy aromas with a trace of chocolate and coffee grinds. Expertly woven tannins and oak control an effortlessly long palate.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 12 years
© Copyright to Ray Jordan