Category Archives: Great Southern Wine Region

Apr 04 2015

Singlefile, Great Southern, WA: A Masterclass with CEO Patrick Corbett

Posted on April 04, 2015 | By merrill@cellarit.com

If you haven’t yet heard of Singlefile wines, chances are you will soon! This Great Southern winery, based in Denmark, is now distributing its premium range of single vineyard wines nationally through Domaine Wine Shippers. Last week I had the good fortune to attend a master class with CEO Patrick Corbett at Double Bay’s Vintage Cellars.

Singlefile only released its first vintage in 2008, but it has already won a string of top awards. In 2013 James Halliday singled out Singlefile for the inaugural Top Dark Horse Winery of the Year award, remarking that “The choice of Phil and Viv Snowden’s winery was obvious. Singlefile has five wines ratings between 94 and 96 points, and another four earning the red value star. The wines are immaculately made.”

Singlefile certainly has all the attributes you would expect to find in a top Australian winery, including a desire to source the finest fruit from the best possible terroir.

Patrick Corbett, Singlefile’s CEO and the Snowden’s son-in-law, explained that the winery hired acclaimed Western Australian winemaker Larry Cherubino as a wine consultant not long after purchasing established Denmark vineyards in 2007.

Working with Singlefile’s Burgundy trained winemaker Coby Ladwig and the winery’s geologist trained owners, Cherubino went about benchmarking Singlefile’s wines against the best in the country.

From this exercise they determined that the Denmark vineyards’ existing plantings were only producing high quality chardonnay. Consequently, more suitable varieties were grafted onto existing rootstock or additional vineyards were secured in other regions. Today Singlefile owns or leases seven vineyards across the Great Southern, employing a full-time viticulturist to oversee their management.

Singlefile The Vivienne Chardonnay 2012 was recently the top pick in a Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s blind tasting that included chardonnay icons like the Vasse Felix Heytesbury 2013 and the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2012. (Australia Chardonnay: Star Performers, AGTW, February/March 2015)

The Denmark vineyards are now also demonstrating excellent potential for pinot noir,.. [Read More]

Jan 01 2014

Marchand & Burch Chardonnay: Burgundy comes to the Great Southern!

Posted on January 01, 2014 | By merrill@cellarit.com

One of the most exciting developments in the Australian wine industry over the past 10 to 15 years has been the emergence of new regions and/or sub-regions making great wine. In a previous post, Great Southern, WA: The New Centre for Australian Riesling?, I discussed how the Great Southern region of Western Australia is displaying fantastic potential for riesling and perhaps even starting to close the gap in terms of quality with its better known Clare and Eden Valley peers in South Australia!

If reviews for the Marchand &.. [Read More]

Jun 06 2011

Great Southern, WA: The New Centre for Australian Riesling?

Posted on June 06, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

On Tuesday I attended the Wine Industry of Western Australia’s Taste of Western Australia at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. Rieslings of the Great Southern wine region were the focus of one of the very insightful masterclasses with wine critic Peter Forrestal.

The majestically scenic and wildly remote Great Southern is the largest wine region in Australia.  So large, in fact, that the five already designated sub-regions of Frankland River, Mount Barker, Porongurup, Albany and Denmark only cover 50% of the land mass… [Read More]