Here’s some WA local knowledge – the Great Southern wine region is one of the largest wine regions in Australia. It has five sub districts – Albany, Denmark, Porongurup, Franklin River and Mount Barker – in an area of more than 17000 square kilometres that stretches about 150km east to west, and 100km north to south. According to Patrick Corbett, co-founder and managing director of Singlefile Wines, that size comes with some challenges. “While the Great Southern is huge, it does suffer a little bit from an identity crisis,” he says. “It doesn’t have a hero varietal as such but in a way that challenge became an opportunity for us.” Thanks to all the different microclimates within the area, the Great Southern can make a wide range of varieties. “There aren’t many regions in the world that can produce world-class riesling, pinot, chardonnay, cabernet, shiraz and even some of the lesser known varieties,” Patrick says.
Singlefile Wines started in Denmark, WA, 16 vintages ago as a partnership between Patrick, his wife Pam and Pam’s parents Phil and Viv. They grew their own grapes on an extremely tiny scale but the team soon realised they needed to collaborate with other growers across the region to take full advantage of the Great Southern. “We now have partnerships with 10 different vineyards around the region where the specific variety has a track record of growing well,” Patrick explains. “That has become the hallmark of our business.”
Given the range of wines produced in the region, Patrick likes to think that when you visit Singlefile Wines, you’ll leave with a better understanding of the area. And, while it’s hard to pick just a few styles to try on your visit, Patrick does have some tips. ”We’re probably best known for our chardonnay but the four varieties that really showcase Singlefile Wines are riesling, chardonnay pinot and cabernet,” he says.
The Singlefile Wines cellar door is designed to feel welcoming and cosy, complete with a warm fireplace and chesterfield couch.“We try to make our cellar door feel like an extension of our home,” Patrick says. Make sure you pay special attention to the music, too. “I have a playlist for every day of each month,” he explains. “And if you look at the back of our wine labels, each wine has its own album link to a one hour playlist.”
These wines from the Singlefile range will give you a taste of the Great Southern region.
According to Patrick, the Singlefile Riesling is a great representation of the area. “It’s 100 percent dry with fine, citrus notes in the early years,”he says. “If you sit on it for a number of years it starts to develop a nice minerality to it.”
The Singlefile Cabernet Sauvignon is made with grapes from the Franklin River. “It’s warm during the day and cool at night, which means you get nice ripe plush flavours,” Patrick says. “It drinks really well for a young wine.”
Singlefile Chardonnay is one the team worked really hard on to find just the balance of flavours. “You want fruit flavours, nice natural acids and a little bit of oak,” Patrick says. “This lives in between that natural acid, modern style and the old school style where it can be nice and oaky.”
Products featured are available from 11/10/23 to 14/11/23, while stocks last. Some products or varieties featured may not be available in all stores.