Things are ticking along nicely in the Yarra Valley and summer is almost upon us. We're just about through the frost-risk period, and unlike our friends in Barossa and Clare, we've made it through unscathed. October rainfall is very low, and there is no rain predicted in the near future. Fortunately our dams are full from good winter rains, and hopefully we're able to tackle the potential dry spell head-on to set up for a good vintage.
My 2014 Alkimi Syrah is gaining weight in barrel as the weather warms up, and I'll start thinking about racking it from barrel soon for a December bottling. I've given the oil painting by Chris Shelton to a graphic designer who is hard at it designing a label for my Syrah. I'm looking forward to the final product, and seeing it on a bottle of my wine.
Next vintage I'll be increasing production and widening my portfolio with more wines. I'm determined to ensure I lock in white grapes before vintage, to ensure I don't miss out at the last minute two years in a row. Bring on V15!
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.