Singlefile Wines has announced the release of its flagship white wine, the 2017 Singlefile ‘The Vivienne’ Denmark Chardonnay.
Named after Co-Founder, Vivienne Snowden, the Chardonnay is made in extremely small quantities and only in exceptional years.
In just three vintages, ‘The Vivienne’ achieved some of the highest ratings in the country, as well as top Chardonnay in Australia for the 2015 vintage.
Patrick Corbett, Singlefile Co-Founder and Executive Winemaker, said: “This project started as an experiment as we wanted to explore an earlier picked style of chardonnay that showcased the beautiful balance of fruit flavour and natural acidity that can be achieved in the best vineyard sites of the Great Southern.”
“The resulting wine surpassed our expectations, revealing nuances we had only guessed at, tightly wound together along a line of textural precision.”
Singlefile said the 2017 vintage was ideal due to the even temperatures, combined with the robust management program developed on the basis of soil sampling designed to maintain a desirable soil balance with emphasis on improving natural microbial activity.
‘The Vivienne’ Chardonnay aims to capture the essence of the chardonnay vineyard from multiple perspectives, comprising three separate passes of hand picking from different panels of the vineyard in late February, early March and mid March 2017 based on optimal ripeness in the selected areas of the vineyard.
Each parcel was chilled overnight before whole bunch pressing direct to new and seasoned French barriques, for fermentation on full solids by natural yeasts, followed by nine months ageing on lees before bottling in December 2017. The wine was then bottle-aged for another 29 months.
Only 125 cases of ‘The Vivienne’ were produced in 2017.