First snow post vintage 2013. Somewhere around Vosne-Romanée.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my wines.
To bring you up to speed; I began Alkimi in 2014 with a focus on Rhône Valley Varieties. I still produce the Rhône Series, but my newest suite of wines are (Upper) Yarra-centric, and they are intended to sit alongside the Rhône Series. Building up the confidence to make Chardonnay and Pinot Noir took me a little bit of time as I have so much respect and love for the top-class wines of the Yarra. One of the many things I’ve learnt along the way is that making great wine is very hard. And the more I try, the more I realise that. I’ll keep trying though.
In Tasting order: 2019 Marsanne RRP: $30.00 Alc: 12.5%
The Marsanne grapes were sourced from Wattle Glen Vineyard, a small, one-acre block of unirrigated vines located in Mount Evelyn, Yarra Valley. The vines were planted in 1994 and benefit from the cooler nature of the "Upper" Yarra Valley
The grapes were handpicked on the 3rd March (same day as the year previous) at moderate ripeness when the pear, subtle mascarpone notes with bright acidity were present. A smaller, second pick was conducted on 23rd March to capture a riper feel and aid complexity.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to oak barrels for fermentation, where 33% was new oak. Only the free run juice was extracted and the pressings were discarded. After a natural fermentation, some barrels were left to undergo malolactic fermentation, although most barrels had malo inhibited. The wine was blended and bottled in November 2019 and other than the anti-oxidant/preservative sulphur dioxide, nothing was added to the wine. Link: https://www.alkimiwines.com/store/p32/2019_Marsanne.html
2019 Chardonnay RRP: $40.00 Alc: 12.9%
A beautiful site for cool climate grape growing, the D’Aloisio vineyard in Seville sits at an elevation of 220 metres above sea level. The vines were planted in 1991 and the clone is I10V1. Soils are deep, friable red volcanic clay, providing great trace minerals and water retention for the vines. The Vineyard is meticuliously cared for by the owner of the property.
The grapes were handpicked on 27th February once intense peach and grapefruit notes were present. The grapes were chilled overnight and the following day were wholebunch pressed with a pressings cut. The pressings were discarded and the remaining free-run component was not fined.
The juice was sent to seasoned large format oak (500L and 300L) for a wild fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was minimally sulphured to inhibit malolactic fermentation. The wine was blended to tank in November 2019 and bottled in January 2020, without any filtration or fining.
Other than a nominal amount of sulphur dioxide, nothing was added to the wine.
2019 Pinot Noir RRP: $40.00 Alc: 13.5% A beautiful site for cool climate grape growing, the Willowlake vineyard sits at an elevation of 180 - 200 metres above sea level. The vines were planted in 1988 and the clone used in this Pinot Noir is the much-loved MV6. Soils are a dark-grey clay loam over red volcanic soil, which allows free drainage and good mineral deposits for the vines to grab in the subsurface. The amazing site allows the ever-healthy vines to ripen grapes which develop both deep intense flavour and also fully mature phenolic and tannins.
The grapes were handpicked on 4th March. After being chilled overnight, the grapes were destemmed, with 15% of the ferment remaining as whole bunches. A small saignée was also employed to concentrate flavour intensity. After a gentle 18 day fermentation, the grapes were pressed and run to (very) old oak for maturation and malolactic fermentation. Both malo and ferment were conducted naturally.
The wine was blended to tank in November 2019 and bottled in January 2020, without any filtration or fining.