2021 BK Wines Carbonic Chardonnay

Skin contact, whole-bunch Chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills. Pure stonefruit, acid crunch and a grippy final twist.
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First release of BK's Carbonic Chardonnay since 2017, and it's a gently phenolic, driven Chardy with heaps of interest.

It's all whole-bunch Chardonnay fermented for ten days in concrete (so on its skins obvs), then and pressed to stainless steel. Then bottled early for max freshness.

Boisterous, zingy and without any pretension. Softly textural and full of peachy, nectariney goodness.

Our first Carbonic Chardonnay since 2017, not for want of love but for the reality of several years of smaller vintages than the one we’ve just seen in 2021. Chardonnay runs the style gamut – from bracing Chablis to well-buttered Meursault and at every station in between, this chameleon grape lends itself endlessly to resculpting and evolution, and all iterations have their charms. That said, it’s hard for us to bypass the allure of phenolic depth contributed by skin contact.


Our Carbonic Chardonnay, while meant to be enjoyed fresh and young, has seen some skins in its short time and is a true standalone. Heady florals give away the youth, underpinned by the punchy forwardness of judiciously applied carbonic treatment. White peach and fineness on the palate, with a direct, acid-driven structure – the ‘reverse teardrop’ effect we call it here, with full fruit purity at the top, concluding in a crisp apple candy full stop. Our recommendation is two bottles back-to-back: the first to consider where this wine resides in your stylistic vernacular, and the next just for fun.

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    A literally cloudy, unrefined "wine".. Perhaps better marketed as grape cider.. Simply horrid

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BK Wines

BK Wines is one of the poster boys of the modern artisan wine movement in the Adelaide Hills.

Owner/winemaker Brendon Keys is not afraid to do things differently. His wines toe the line perfectly between a lo-fi and scientific approach to winemaking. The wines are precise, edgy and layered, showing the perfect intersection of a natural wine ideology and sound technical craftsmanship.

His wines are creatively imagined, an artist meets skateboarding punk rocker kind of vibe. And they have a very solid and well-deserved following. In short, BK is one of the more respected producers of the Adelaide Hills avant-garde.

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