August 2017 Two stellar reviews from James Halliday (Wine Companion). James is one of the most iconic and influential people in the Australian wine industry. He left a career in law to establish both Brokenwood (Hunter Valley) and Coldstream Hills (Yarra Valley) and has been in the industry for over 40 years. What James thinks: 2016 "The Good Earth" Marsanne "From the Wattle Glen Vineyard at Mt Evelyn, Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed to used French oak for fermentation and 9 months maturation on lees (no mlf). The pale straw-green wine already has complex texture and structure, with a mix of vibrant grapefruit notes criss-crossed by flinty acidity and roasted almonds. Its bloodlines guarantee its capacity to develop yet more over the next 10 years. 95 points Drink by 2026"
2015 "The Good Earth" Syrah "From the Warramunda Vineyard, 75% destemmed for an 18-day fermentation, 25% whole bunches, matured in oak (17% new Hungarian) for the remainder of the year before blending and bottling, 300 dozen made. Spice, pepper, lavender and clove aromas lead into a textured medium-bodied palate with black and blue fruits to the fore, fine tannins bringing up the rear. Sophisticated winemaking. 94 points. Drink by 2030
2016 "The Good Earth" Grenache Rosé 92 points
June 2017 Huon Hooke is a straight shooting wine reviewer, commentator, wine judge. He has been contributing to numerous Australian and global wine publications for over 20 years. From Huon Hooke: Alkimi Wines 2015 "The Good Earth" Roussanne Full to deep yellow colour with a slightly toasty, ripe, developed bouquet with some complex lees and bottle-aged nuances. The palate is full-bodied and rich, concentrated and warm, with a little alcohol warmth, which is easily balanced by the generosity of flavour. Excellent. Very long and satisfying.
June 2017 Huon Hooke Reviews the 2015 Alkimi "The Good Earth" Syrah
What Huon thinks.. "92 Points Deep but bright red/purple hue and a spicy, lifted, aromatic bouquet, which is seemingly cool-climate and this accords with the palate which is elegant and medium to full-bodied, the tannins ample but measured and supple. Some smoky oak notes. A lovely wine, already a pleasure to drink."
June 2017 Nice words from one of Queensland's most passionate wine reviewers about the 2016 Marsanne. www.qwinereviews.com
2016 Alkimi Wines "The Good Earth" Marsanne Yarra Valley Marsanne - there's not much of it going around. Only 80 dozen of this was produced. A delicious wine and a great example of why wines shouldn't be consumed too cold. Layers of personality and interest come in waves here. Whole bunch pressed and fermented in old oak. Nine months on lees and bottled without fining or filtration. Almond meal, grapefruit and lemon juice spring to mind immediately. Some honeyed tones are built into the frame. There's something lurking in the mix which I can only describe as praline. A creamy pulse beats consistently throughout with a waxy finish coating the mouth. The finish is long, textural and certainly pleasurable. Lots to love here.
Drink now to ten years. 93/100 Region: Yarra Valley RRP: $27 Source: Sample Review link here
May 2017 A great review of the 2016 "The Good Earth" Marsanne from Stuart Robinson aka The Vinsomniac.
"Alkimi The Good Earth Marsanne 2016 Good to see Yarra Marsanne on offer at a fairly affordable price, it’s something I think of as being at least north of $30.
The aromatics here are fairly intriguing: cut fennel, honeyed florals for sure, but also backed up with a liberal sprinkling of exotic spice. Exotic a term - one imagines - is relative to your familiarity with your spice rack. Reasonable degree of texture, with a generous length of lemon balm flavour coursing through the middle. It feels fairly nimble on the palate, backed up with a little phenolic pinch. A resurgent wash of citrus across the back palate just reels you back in for a second sip, lo and behold it’s an action you find yourself repeating. Great drinking. 92 Points Tasted on: Tuesday 23rd May, a Leaf to Fruit day Source: Sample Price: $26 Alcohol: 13.5% Closure: Screwcap Website: http://www.alkimiwines.com/
October 2016 The Wine Front is a well respected wine review and commentary group in the modern Australian wine scene. From Gary Walsh: Alkimi Wines 2016 "The Good Earth" Grenache Rosé "There’s 60 dozen produced from (presumably a tonne of grapes purchased from) the Willoughby Bridge Vineyard in Heathcote. I very much like the label. It’s also so much better in style, and more convincing, than last year’s rosé from this producer. Great to see that. Pale colour. Some smokiness and spice, redcurrant, fresh cut roses, fennel and tangerines. It’s a gentle style, with a subtle dusty texture, spice and earth, and a tangerine twist through almost ripe fresh strawberries dusted with white pepper. Finish is fresh and pretty long, leaving a trail of powdery texture. Nicely done. Great to drink."
Reviewed by Patrick Eckel, he says 'The wine is a bright reflective red in the glass, the nose gives generous spice but is light on its feet, the palate has a line of spice running through wild strawberry and blueberry fruit.' and awards this 2015 vintage 91 points. The full review can be found here.
Patrick also reviewed the 2015 "Le Mistral" Rosé (87 pts) and 2014 Syrah (93 pts) recently. All three reviews can be found via this link.
Patrick loves wine so much he planted a vineyard in his backyard in Woodend, Victoria. His potential for a commercial operation is limited only by his allocation of land on his property!
July 2015 Our first review and we're pretty chuffed with the result. Steve (Qwine) is a passionate winewriter who loves to talk wine and equally loves reviewing. Check the full review here. Catch him on Twitter: @Qwine