Usually in mid-April we would still have ferments going, and possibly even grapes still ripening on the vines! But this year's harvest has been so short and sharp we barely had time to think! The harvest went for an unprecedented 3 weeks, where the standard time is double that!
Grenache is usually one of the last varieties to come off, but this year it was the first! The lack of water in Heathcote meant that the grapes ripened quickly. I also picked Marsanne 6 weeks before anyone had ever picked in the 20 years the vineyard had been established! Syrah was also at least 7 - 10 days ahead of it usual progress also. It was a vintage where we all had to stay on our toes to pick the grapes at the optimum times!
And now, as winter is coming, wine is coming too. We are participating in this years "Game of Rhones" event in Melbourne in June. It is an exciting event, and a great match for the Alkimi wines, as I only make Rhône Valley varieties! We hope to do well from the event and continue to build the brand.
Alkimi Wines is the creation of Stuart Dudine and name reflects his philosophy and approach to wine; making exceptional wine is the ability to use one's skills and knowledge in a manner that will craft wines that are beautiful to drink.