Denmark winery celebrated for excellence

LISA MORRISONAlbany Advertiser

Boutique Denmark winery Singlefile Wines has gained national recognition for its wines at the prestigious James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards.

The inaugural award ceremony in Melbourne last Wednesday, July 24, celebrated excellence in Australian wine ahead of the release of the respected wine critic’s annual guide to wine, the 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion.

Singlefile chief executive Patrick Corbett said he was over the moon for the small winery to be named one of the four main award winners, the dark horse winery of the year.

“This is our biggest achievement to date and gives us a lot of confidence that we’re on the right track,” he said.

“I’m quite surprised, James tries 1500 wines per year so for him to single us out for one of the major four awards was quite humbling.”

The Dark Horse Winery of the Year Award is selected based on superior scores and the attainment of his highly coveted five star accolade for the first time. “Effectively, it’s a winery that has been around for some time but caught his attention with the quality of the wines this year,” Mr Corbett said.

Mr Halliday awarded the 2011 Family Reserve Denmark chardonnay an impressive 96 out of 100 point score.

The winery also scored two 95 point scores, two 94 point scores, three 93 point scores and four 92 point scores to claim the award.

“His comment to us was that the wines across the board scored well and we had a good range and great value within the portfolio,” Mr Corbett said.

“This is absolutely a highlight for us since we bought the property in 2007 and had out first vintage five years ago in 2008.

“I would say we are still not very well known, so I think the main benefit is it raises our profile and means a few more people know about us and will try our wines.”

Castle Rock Estate in the Porongurup’s was also recognised with one of eleven awards for specific varieties.

Their 2011 Castle Rock Estate A&W Reserve Great Southern Riesling was given 97 points from 100, while Castle Rock Estate in Porongurup was also recognised.

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