Singlefile Winery’s $30 & 18.8 pt Riesling the Tip of the Iceberg
The Western Australian wine industry is producing an extraordinary array of great and great value for money wines that continue to dominate the key national reviews and national show circuit. In James Halliday’s annual last weekend in November’s Top 100 Wine Column, his results in Western Australia’s favour mirror the results of the masked Capital City Show judging system. In his latest (2015) Top 100 results, Western Australian comprised 32 of the 80 table wines listed, or 40% – from our tiny 4% of Australia’s wine.
Denmark’s Singlefile is just another of WA’s boutique wineries that seem to release a never-ending string of superb and reasonably priced wines that are amongst the nation’s very best and finest values.
In masked line-ups the wines show wonderfully in terms of both quality and value. The winery and grape selection operations have been set up with the help of Larry Cherubino – utilizing the grapes from their own and other selected vineyard sites.
The 2011 Family Reserve Denmark Chardonnay was the highest pointed gold medal wine at the 2012 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge, Australia’s most comprehensive chardonnay tasting in any given year.
The 2012 Singlefile ‘Vivienne’ was the equal highest pointed wine, with the 2013 Vasse Felix Heytesbury, at Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine’s annual comprehensive tasting of Australia’s greatest Chardonnays. Extraordinary really.
The winery was also James Halliday’s 2014 ‘Dark Horse Winery of the Year.’
While Singlefile Winery produce wines from many varieties and many regions, their strengths to date have been in chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon but it was their semillon sauvignon blancs and rieslings that stole the show in our recent 2016 masked varietal line ups.
Singlefile Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Great Southern 2016
“Full, soft, rich, intense, fruity and vibrant. Long, intensely flavoured, quality fruit. Exciting. Overt. Wonderful finish and aftertaste. Marvellous Value.” 18.2 points, $25.
Singlefile Pearce’s Vineyard Mt Barker Riesling 2016
“Ripe, full, round, dense, seamless and of great length. Brilliant finish and aftertaste. Unique full flavoured style and class act. Greater volumes of fruit envelope and hide the crisp acid backbone presence. Lovely length. Delicious.” 18.8 points, $30.
John Jens, 23rd September 2016