Alkimi The Good Earth Marsanne 2019 (Yarra Valley, Victoria) "...oatmeal, nougat, apricot..."
Stuart Dudine settled in the Yarra Valley in 2012 after years of study and travel that took him from cellars here in Australia to wineries through Europe. The experience he gained on his journey sparked his love for Rhone varietals and formed his winemaking philosophy, based in ‘basic principles’ that aim to enhance the natural characteristics of wine with minimal intervention.
In 2014, he established Alkimi Wines- a name derived from the phonetic spelling of alchemy - a word that Stuart feels encapsulates the ‘magic’ that it takes to create wine, a combination of science, nature, and intuition. He saw opportunity in the evolving climate to branch out from the typical Yarra Valley varietals and craft a range of wines that showcase his passion and enthusiasm for the Rhone Valley.
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front - 94 Points
Steve Leszczynski - QWine – 93 Points
Yarra Valley Wine Show 2020 - Bronze Medal
"Golden sunset in the glass, there's plenty of complexity ready to dive into right here. Quite rich and generous, toasted nuts, honey aromas, white fleshed peach and lemon rind surge on opening. A little waxy and flinty, vanilla cream and marscapone add savoury appeal as does fennel and almond meal. Finishing chalky with citrus zest, it's a wonderful wine now and I'd love to see how it evolves in bottle over the next decade+" - 93 Points, QWine
"This is a delicious wine delivering Marsanne traits of apricot pith, freshly lain tatami mat and tisane, slung across a leesy core and rails of bright acidity. Not high, but palpable enough. Notes of oatmeal biscuit to curd and nougat define the mid-palate. An exciting wine auguring well for the variety in the Yarra." - 93 Points, Ned Goodwin MW