"It boasts classic, cool lines but it also comes with personality (and texture) laid on. You have to enjoy lactose notes, granted, but in that context it’s a beauty." 94pts - Campbell Mattinson - WineFront
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.
At Alkimi, Stuart employs biological farming, minimal use of sulphur and embraces natural acidity and yeast to create wines that establish a sense of place and value for the quality and purity of the grapes from which they are produced.
"Grown on the Wattle Grove vineyard – one acre, unirrigated – in the (upper) Yarra Valley. Tip top wine. Really delicious. Strong with honeysuckle and lactose, long with lime and nectarine, a touch flinty, perhaps just ever-so-slightly toasty. It boasts classic, cool lines but it also comes with personality (and texture) laid on. You have to enjoy lactose notes, granted, but in that context it’s a beauty." 94pts - Campbell Mattinson - WineFront