My wines are from my heart, and I put my energy and emotion into sculpting wines which I believe in. Many of my decisions are made on instinct and gut feelings where sometimes they are planned and sometimes are spontaneous. My winemaking philosophy is to limit all techniques to what I classify as "basic principals", where only fundamental techniques are used to make my wine. I favour natural acidity, wild yeasts and my wines are stabilised naturally with the aid of Mother Nature. I don't use fining agents as I prefer to use the natural characters of each variety to create unique personality and interest.
I do believe that the best wines are the purest wines; wines which reveal qualities of the grapes they were produced from. And ultimately, all I want to do is make wines which are a delight to enjoy.
In 2017 I began farming my own vineyard which I see as an important step for a producer who is always focused on quality and technique. I strive in creating a healthy ecology below and above ground; where I have never used herbicides and I practice organic and sustainable techniques where and when possible.
The Brand Significance
The Name The brand name is taken from the phonetic spelling of Alchemy. Aligning to a strong resonance of the meaning of 'creating the elixir of life' - in this case the wine.
The Symbols The symbolism of the Alkimi brand mark draws upon the basic representation of Alchemy through fire, water, air and earth. These components all have a role in the cause and effect and therefore the beauty and chaos of nature. And from nature, Stuart gives the consideration and respect to the season, the soil and the fruit.
The Artwork Mistral Series The label artwork was created by abstract expressionist, Christopher Shelton. Stuart and Chris have shared many glasses of wine and day trips around Victoria talking about art, wine and labels. This original oil on canvas piece came from Chris' interpretation of a number of photos taken by Stuart.
Yarra Valley Series The newly released series' artwork was created by Duncan McDade. Duncan is an animator and interactive designer based in Berlin, Germany. He created moving images of grapes, then specific frames were captured and transposed to the labels. This is his interpretation on what happens during the winemaking process; many layers coming together and moulding around each other,