Singlefile Estate Shiraz 2007 (Denmark, WA)
Out of all the samples that cross the desk, I look forward to wines like this the most. Smaller operations, with established vineyards and a real driving sense of passion behind the wines & the winemaking. These Singlefile wines are more slickly packaged and marketed than many (which is good to see, however I’m a little wary of wines that are sold on marketing hype and are light on with the detail) with the core of 20 yr old vine fruit serving to make this convincing.
A perfumed, plum sauce and star anise nose with hints of Shirognier-ish black fruit pastels. The palate is subtly flavoured, with pepper, spicy integrated oak and more purple fruit. Besides some back palate bitterness the fresh mid weight palate makes for an appreciably elegant & pleasurable drink. At just 13.4% alcohol it tastes balanced and perfectly ripe – which just reminds me how we much we need more 13.4% Australian Shiraz. 17+