My wines are from my heart; I put my energy and emotion into sculpting wines that I believe in. This confidence has only arrived from an evolution from formal study and training, where I have now learnt appropriate times to forget the science and focus on my intuition and inspirations. My winemaking philosophy is to limit all techniques to what I classify as "basic principals", where only fundamental (or traditional) techniques are used to make my wine. These philosophies are futile without working with good people who support me in championing the characters of where and how the grapes were grown.
I do believe that the best wines are the ones that show a distinct personality; personality of not just provenance, but the vintage and the personality of the person/people who made them. This means my wines will always tell a story.
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 consider my environmental impact in all of my practices. You will find many wines in my range are from this vineyard, which is called "Silvan Reservoir Vineyard"
The Brand Significance
The Name The brand name is taken from the phonetic spelling of Alchemy. Alchemy is a mix of Science, philosophy and mysticism in which base materials are turned into "gold".
The Symbols The symbolism of the Alkimi brand draws upon the representation of the 4 essential elements of Alchemy: fire, water, air and earth. With combinations of these elements any substance can be created. Read more here
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,