Alkina Kin Rosé’s pallid hue belies superb vinosity and crunch. A herb-inflected carapace of thirst-slaking mineral is welded to a lattice of gentle phenolics. Light-weight, but paradoxically intense. Largely young vine Grenache, evoking the greatest rosé expressions of the south of France, from Tavel to Bandol. Think poached strawberry, watermelon and bergamot, bound by a twine of thyme, lavender rosemary and white peppery freshness trailing across the finish.
Grenache here. Lot of activity going on and in and around Alkina. You know the dosh is being splashed when the artist for the label gets words on the bottle rather than the winemaker. Everything looks super cool though. Biodynamic farming underpins the wines, so money spent righteously there too.
Fragrant, peachy, tangy and soft at the same time. Lively rose of even, balanced feel, no hair out of place, quintessential stuff delivering good freshness, refreshment factor, drinkability and relatable charm. Rose water, strawberry, watermelon juice, faint vanilla cream. Fruity, fun, on the money.
92 Points, The Wine Front (September 2021)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.