Friday, 25 September 2009

Singlefile Estate Shiraz 2008

Singlefile Estate Shiraz 2008 (Denmark, WA)
$33, Screwcap, 13.7%
Winery Website

Reading back through my notes, this 2008 version sounds particularly similar to the 2007 vintage Singlefile Shiraz tasted back in February. That's good consistency for a new producer, but no doubt helped by two excellent vintages in the West. Will be interesting to see how producers coped with the slightly more challenging 09 vintage though...

From the outset this Singlefile wine is a distinctively cool climate Shiraz, with a nose of redcurrant, white pepper, red meat and stalks, showing mixed ripeness that contributes complexity, though I can see how it could be divisive. Interestingly, the palate contrasts this with very even redcurrant and chocolate fruit flavours in a riper, and surprisingly richer style , especially given the hint of twigginess on the nose.

As a drink this is smooth, well formed and entirely enjoyable, built savoury and dry, yet soft enough for early drinking. Nice wine. 17/89

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