Sin­gle­file on su­perb list

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - with John Jens

THE WA wine in­dus­try is pro­duc­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ray of great value-for-money wines that con­tinue to dom­i­nate the key na­tional re­views and na­tional show cir­cuit.

In James Halliday’s an­nual, his re­sults in WA’s favour mir­ror the re­sults of the masked cap­i­tal city show judg­ing sys­tem.

In his lat­est (2015) top 100 re­sults, our State com­prised 32 of the 80 ta­ble wines listed, or 40 per cent from our tiny 4 per cent of Aus­tralia’s wine.

Den­mark’s Sin­gle­file is just an­other of WA’s bou­tique winer­ies that seem to re­lease a nev­erend­ing 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, util­is­ing 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.

The win­ery was also James Halliday’s 2014 Dark Horse Win­ery of the Year.

While Sin­gle­file Win­ery pro­duce wines from many va­ri­eties and 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 is full, soft, rich, in­tense, fruity and vi­brant with long, in­tensely flavoured, qual­ity fruit.

It is mar­vel­lous value at 18.2 points, $25.

Sin­gle­file Pearce’s Vine­yard Mt Barker Ries­ling 2016 is ripe, full, round, dense, seam­less and of great length with bril­liant fin­ish and af­ter­taste.

Greater vol­umes of fruit en­ve­lope and hide the crisp acid back­bone pres­ence, 18.8 points, $30.

The Great South­ern’s star cel­lar door, Sin­gle­file Wines.

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