2016 Singlefile 'The Vivienne' Denmark Chardonnay
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The 2016 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 microbial activity.
‘The 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 in late February, early March and mid March 2016 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 natural yeasts, followed by 8 months ageing on lees before bottling on December 2016. The wine is then bottle aged for 18 months.
The resulting wine surpassed our expectations, revealing nuances we had only guessed at, tightly wound together along a line of textural precision.
Only 75 cases of ‘The Vivienne’ was produced in 2016. 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 funky wild ferment and lees-derived complexity. The palate has great depth of flavour, with clarity and poise, all the elements following a long line of mineral acidity.
CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
92 points, Nick Butler, The Real Review, Sep 2019
96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2019
96 points, Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Wine Magazine, Mar 2019
17.0 points, Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, Dec 2018
Australia's Best Chardonnay, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2018
98 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2018
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Jun 2018
18.5+ points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club, May 2018
95 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, May 2018
92 points, Huon Hook, The Real Review, Jul 2018
97 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, Mar 2014
97 points, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, Feb 2015
95 points, Huon Hooke, Nov 2014
18.5 points, Barry Weinman, Fine Wine Club
95 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
'Simply Wonderful', Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Aug 2015