Things are ticking along nicely at the moment. A warm (and somewhat) dry season thus far has kept disease pressure low. Meaning attention turns to heat and water management in the vineyard. Fingers crossed Mother Nature is good to us!
The winery is gearing up gradually. I am warming up with pulling wines out of barrel in preparation for bottling in late January. The big day come when vintage kicks off in February. Given the current and forecasted weather patterns, it is fair to say it will be an early, short and sharp vintage; one that will keep us one our toes. I have every intention being warmed up and ready to tackle anything that is thrown at me over the coming vintage,
I happy to say the wines I've released thus far have received great responses from media and trade (and also friends and family, but they always say that!). It is a hard industry to crack and every positive response received helps with publicity and mental prosperity. I'm settling in for the long haul and I feel my first step is on the right (right?) track.
For now, I'll make the most of the time I have and keep stretching.
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.