Big news! Alkimi has leased a vineyard! And I've been busy getting it pruned and ready for the pending growing season.
The vineyard is Syrah and it's in the Yarra Valley in Silvan. Silvan is quite a southern suburb in the Yarra, and it has an average elevation of around 250 metres above sea level. Deep red volcanic soils dominate the area, and this vineyard is no exception.
I took on the vineyard for many reasons, but the most important factor was wine quality. When tasting wines one cannot help but be in awe of a select few. These select few are not necessary the big players, or players with lots of cash, or even players who have cult followings. These few are producers who grow their own fruit; the ones who always have the ends goal of great wine in mind. They can manipulate their vineyards to suit the season and get exceptional fruit. Which makes the purest wine.
So I hope to bring this vineyard back up to a high producing level soon. At the moment it is in an abandoned state, so it's going to take a couple of years at least before I can see any fruit worth mentioning. After that I can then begin to discover it's full potential of what it can do and what it can't do.
I have great plans for Yarra Syrah in the coming years, and this vineyard plays an important role in that. Stay tuned for that one!
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.