Singlefile 2013 'The Vivienne' Chardonnay
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
The 2013 vintage was ideal due to the balmy season, combined with the ongoing management program developed on the basis of soil sampling in 2007 and 2008 which was designed to maintain a desirable soil balance with emphasis on improving microbial activity.
This Vivienne Chardonnay aims to capture the essence of our chardonnay vineyard from multiple perspectives, comprising three separate passes of hand harvesting from different panels of the vineyard on 24th February, 9h March and 24th March based on optimal ripeness of each panel. Each parcel was chilled overnight before whole bunch pressing direct to new and seasoned French barriques, for fermentation on full solids by ambient yeasts, followed by 8 months ageing on lees before bottling on 10th December 2013.
The resulting wine surpassed our expectations, revealing nuances we had only guessed at, tightly wound together along a line of textural precision.
We produced 132 cases of The Vivienne in 2013. This wine will only be made in exceptional vintages.
Fine aromatics, reminiscent of floral, citrus and flint, build in intensity as the wine breathes in the glass, to show layers of wild ferment and lees-derived complexity. The pallet has great depth of flavour, with clarity and poise, all the elements following a long line of mineral acidity. Careful cellaring will allow development of texture and complexity for at least eight years.
REVIEWS OF NOTE
96 points, Australian Wine Comapnion, James Halliday, July 2015
96 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2016
95 points, Huon Hooke, Huon Hooke Online, Aug 2016
Gold, Australian Boutique Wine Awards, July 2014
97 points, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, Jan 2015
97 points, Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday, July 2014
95 points, Huon Hooke Online, Huon Hooke, Jan 2015
5 stars, Sunday Times Magazine, Tony Love, Sep 2015
18.5 points, Fine Wine Club, Barry Weinman, June 2015
Adelaide Review, Dave Brookes, May 2015