Alkina is led by geologist Pedro Parra and his many discoveries that rely less on the tools of winemaking and more on the knowledge that the secret of creating real terroir wines lies deep within the rocks and soils of our location.
An elegant, perfumed blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro from the Old Quarter of the Alkina vineyard. This is the purest expression of the character of the site, our soils, and our oldest vines, with minimal winemaking intrusion.
Tiny quantities of these 3 varieties were handpicked and sorted, then fermented separately with only indigenous yeast in concrete tulips. An average of 70% was left as whole bunches. Basket pressed and matured for 12 months in concrete and one older French oak Gamba demi muid. 1800 bottles and 150 magnums made.
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"The Old Quarter refers to a section of the Alkina vineyard planted in the 1950s to the district’s classic varieties, in this instance the reds grenache, shiraz and mataro. The crew here consider this the purest expression of the site as a whole, Alkina manager Amelia Nolan calling it “our most important achievement”. Having mapped the block into tiny sections with unique geologies, each called a polygon, the fruit from five separate patches was fermented individually with indigenous yeast in concrete tulips with an average of 70% whole bunch included before maturation in a mix of concrete and older, larger French oak. The makeup of 50% grenache, 29% shiraz and 21% mataro weaves together a multitude of aromatic and flavour characters: charcuterie, blood pudding, dark plum, dark choc and orange with underlying chalk and talc composition that acts as a textural foundation to its lifted top notes. The crowning achievement here is a completeness, a symbiotic and harmonious wine that defies being deconstructed into its parts. All class and right at the top of the league in this genre."