Well Winter is all but officially finished, and I write this post looking into a beautiful sunny day in the Yarra Valley. Pruning is finished and there is a lot of wooly buds in vineyards. As far a I look at it vintage 2015 has begun. The pruning decisions made over winter sets the tempo for the next 8 - 9 months, and all we can do now is strap ourselves in and take whatever mother nature throws at us in the best way we can.
My 2014 Syrah is currently maturating in barrel and I'm very happy with what I produced. I plan on bottling the wine around christmas time, for a release of late summer or early Autumn 2015. At this point my attention turns to label design and I'm lucky enough to have an artist designing my label theme. Chris Shelton has been kind enough to design my labels based on what I like about his work, Chris is an avid wine drinker and he is equally excited about my wine as what I am about his artwork.
Things will be moving very fast from now until the end of vintage 2015. Another year, another journey.
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.