Birdsong is a medium to full-bodied Shiraz with a lifted aroma of mulberry, plum and spice, backed by an autumnal, earthy note. The cooler, gentler expression of Alkina Shiraz, it's made from organic and biodynamic fruits creating a delicious Barossa red. The Alkina Kin range enables the team to develop releases that celebrate local artists whose work features on their stunning labels.
Game meat, white pepper, dark, plummy fruit, a bit of black olive and ferrous earthiness here too. Similar to taste with a whack of clove spice. Medium weight almost cooler climate feel to the wine (!) with a building flourish of chalky tannins in a wave from mid palate. Finishes a little salty-distracting, but hey. Nice one, team, for something a bit out of the Barossa norm.
92 points, The Wine Front (February 2022)
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.