Now vintage is officially over and all the wines have been put to bed, the winery becomes a very quiet place. It is a stark contrast of how life was only a few weeks ago when the smell of fermentations filled the winery in the mornings.
During vintage, the days roll into one and it’s not uncommon to get cabin fever and get a little crazy. But in a blink of an eye the vintage finishes, and we all can get a good night sleep and a weekend off. At about 3 – 4 weeks after the end of vintage we tend to get the post vintage blues, where all the emotions begin to boil over and all you want to do is head back to the winery at 6am and crush some grapes.
It seems crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, as it’s the passion for the work that keeps me going. I’m motivated by the sights, the smells, the changes and the challenges we face every day during vintage and the passion is a huge part in what goes into making a bottle of wine. Without it, wine has no personality and character. I’m now already looking forward to vintage 2016. Bring it on!
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.