2021 Alkina Kin Semillon

A textural gem of an organic Barossa Semillon, made with a touch of skin contact.

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In their short history Alkina has quickly demonstrated a wonderful touch with Barossa Valley Semillon.

Under the Alkini Kin label they can be a bit playful, as with this complex delight of a Semillon, that saw some brief time on skins, followed by ageing in a concrete 'tulip' vessel.

Lovely acid drive, some freshening minerality combine with a pithy, slightly phenolic texture. It feels very alive!

Showing the versatility of Barossa Semillon, this vibrant and lifted wine shows intense lemon and white flower aromas. Fermented in a concrete tulip with just a small portion of skins, the palate is fresh and long with pithy phenolic grip that gives it wonderful drive through the palate.

This Semillon all came from the old vines in the Old Quarter, with plantings dating back to the early 1950s. The geology in this area focuses on heavily fractured schist with clay and iron. NASAA certified organic and biodynamic.

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Blend: Semillon (100%)
ABV: 13.20%
Closure: 750ml
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94 Points - "There's a lot going on at Alkina, notably some very good organic-biodynamic farming, but also a lot of considered winemaking. This one needs a bit of explanation, “There were two ferments this year: one larger ferment in concrete tulip with 5% whole berries and 5% whole bunches; the second on full skins in stainless steel. Both fermented naturally and the concrete tulip was drained off skins after fermentation finished. The juice portion rested on lees in concrete and the skins portion on skins in tank for 3 months. The skins component ultimately made up 10% of the final blend”. Ok! Lots happening. A complex wine emerges.Succulent, medium weight white with skinsy chew, great freshness, good gingery spice elements, a lot of honey-lemon-bergamot tea going on too. Wonderful ginger-lemon tea perfume too. Delicious. A lot of width and depth here, it feels like a white keen to go now rather than hang around in cellar. I found this a pretty compelling wine to drink." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

93 Points - "Certified organic and biodynamic, estate-grown semillon from Greenock in the western Barossa. Whole-berry wild ferment in Georgian qvevri and stainless-steel tank, 6 months of skin contact. Straw in hue with notes of Meyer lemon, almond blossom, apples, souk-like spice, ginger and stone. Super-slinky texture, a light shading of rose petal and dried herbs, with a gorgeous stony savouriness and crystalline mineral clarity." - Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

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