Singlefile Philip Adrian Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
An advertisement for the challenge of young Cabernet, this is clearly reaching for the quality stars, though doesn’t convince (yet). Drawn from the Riversdale Vineyard in Frankland River, this was hand picked, cold-soaked for 10 days and spends 15 months in barrel.
I kept waiting for it to step up, but it looked awfully shy, minty and reserved – skinny and backward, the tannins (and alcohol) a key feature but not supported by the palate weight (yet). For all my disappointment, however, there is clear class here and time should be very kind. No fun drinking now though.
Details: 14.5%, Screwcap, $80
Tasted: April 2015 (tasting)
Best drinking: 2020-2035
Score: 17/20, 90/100+
Would I buy it? Not at the moment
Buy online: Singlefile website