After retiring from the mining industry, we decided to turn our attention to our long-held passion for making and enjoying great wine. We settled on a location where cool-climate wines of outstanding quality could be produced and where we could build a family business.
Denmark is tucked away in the south-west corner of Western Australia, in the wine sub-region of the Great Southern. In 2007, we discovered an established north-facing vineyard (planted in 1989) with a good reputation in a beautiful setting surrounded by towering eucalypts with plentiful water. The property had “good bones” and we were inspired by the challenge to develop it into a world-class chardonnay producer.
With our geological backgrounds, we have a particular interest in terroir. Once we realised viticulture was a real possibility for us, our project became a growing passion and our enjoyment and fledgling knowledge of viticulture and winemaking became a new and rapid learning experience, with significant input from the local experts.
We enjoy everyday interaction with the operational aspects of running the vineyard and the cellar door as well as mentoring and strategic business planning.
Pat and Pam named our limited release wines ‘The Philip Adrian’ Cabernet Sauvignon and ‘The Vivienne’ Chardonnay after us both, much to our embarrassment. But, names aside, we are delighted with the wines.
The Singlefile Wines represent consistent high-quality, well-made wines from great fruit sourced from the regions in which the varieties grow best.
The Denmark community is an eclectic multi-layered society where talent abounds and there is a niche for everyone. In our case it usually revolves around food and wine, but we often enjoy music and art/craft entertainment as well as reading, gardening and walking. Our greatest reward is the time we have to spend with our young grandchildren.
An unforgettably divine and beautifully presented Champagne produced in the basement of the home of the modest husband and wife Champagne producer, Champagne Jean-Claude Mouzon, which lies in the prestigious Grand Cru village of Verzenay. Four generations on, it’s now in the capable hands of Cédric and Frédérique Lahemade-Mouzon.
Viv likes Sparkling/Champagne, Riesling and Chardonnay or a light Rhône blend; Phil prefers Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon or a sturdy Bordeaux blend.
We have a lot of local talent in Great Southern and enjoy interacting with many of the wineries in our area. We’ve had an exciting journey with our winemakers Coby Ladwig and Mike Garland and our consultant Larry Cherubino. We shared a successful dégustation event during Taste Great Southern this year with Moombaki, which produces all its wines from grapes grown on its property in Denmark. In Margaret River, Gralyn is a family business that has followed its own course and maintained a strategy of quality, not quantity, which we admire.
Alison - Marion Vivians youngest daughter