Singlefile Wines is a Denmark winery which was introduced to me at the Blackwood Valley Wine Show award ceremony this past weekend, when the received the 2012 Bridgetown Hotel Most Successful Exhibitor of Show, from receiving 4 bronze medals, 4 silver medals and a gold medal from the 11 wines that was entered into the show.
Halliday rates the winery as being 4 1/2 stars out of 5, and notes that the wine makers are very adventurous in their buying of wines off other vineyards to supplement their small 5 hectare property. Unfortunetly the wines that were available at the show were not the same as those which Halliday reviews in the 2012 Australian Wine Companion. The other well known wine critic, Ray Jordan reviewed in his Saturday West Magazine column, Singlefile Winery and some of its wines earlier this year very positively and the review can be found here.
Singlefile Wines is owned by two ex-South African geologists, Phil and Viv Snowden, and is headed by winemakers Larry Cherubino, Mike Garland, and Coby Ladwig. The South African heritage of the owners can be seen in the use of Springboks in their logo (image at the top of this blog post). The three wine makers over see the Chardonnay and Shiraz which is produced on the property from vines planted in 1989, as well as grapes sourced from other regions including Reisling (from Porongurup), Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (from Margaret River), and Shiraz (from Frankland River and the Barossa Valley). The sourcing of grapes from different regions is done so due to these regions being better suited to the grape varietals, as well as for variation in the case of Shiraz.
The single gold medal which Singlefile Wines received at the Blackwood Valley wine show was for their 2012 Pemberton Fume Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc 60% and Semillon 40%) pictured above, retails for $30 a bottle. Tasting notes for the Fume Blanc can be found here. I found the wine to be dry on the palate and had a bouquet that was not as over powering as some of the other gold medal Sauvignon Blanc’s at the Blackwood Valley Wine Show.
A Cellar Door and restaurant (light lunches) is on site at the winery outside of Denmark, having been established in the last few years. Overall this winery seems to be progressing in its quality with each vintage and will be an interesting winery to watch.
Until next time!