The ‘Kin by Alkina’ wines celebrate our community of makers, thinkers and artists. The range allows us to explore different parts of the vineyard each year and then trial ideas and blends. It also gives us the opportunity to expand our winemaking knowledge, particularly with whole bunch levels and extended skin contact.
The artwork for some of these labels was created by Adnyamathanha artist Damien Coulthard, who has used ochre pigments to create his interpretation of the energy from the soils and rocks of Alkina (Kin Field White) and the night sky (Kin Field Red). The original paintings hang in the Tasting Room and Guesthouse.
For other Kin labels we have collaborated with creative wunderkind and graphic designer, Damian Hamilton. You’ll see these are quite a different style to Damien Coulthard’s work and with these we try to tell the story of life in the vineyard in a different way.
The perfect introduction to the Kin range of wines. One bottle each of the Red Semillon, Rose and Grenache.
This blend of Grenache Shiraz Mataro allows us the opportunity to create great wines through combining different Polygons. The characteristics of the Old Quarter are underpinned by the Grenache from Polygon 4 which consists of schist and clay which is complemented with the lighter Grenache from Polygon 2 which contains hard schist and wind blown limestone. These components were blended with the Mataro from P6 and the Shiraz from P8 & P7.
An elegant, perfumed blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro from the Old Quarter of the Alkina vineyard, planted in the 1950s.
An incredibly exciting part of the vineyard, just to the north of the Old Quarter. It is planted to Shiraz on different soils, with limestone, schist and clay each dominating in different areas. We mapped these polygons with Pedro Parra in 2018, wielding three fascinating parcels to work with - Polygon 10, Polygon 11 and Polygon 14.
We take Polygon 10 (limestone) as the base with a small amount of Polygon 11 (schist) to create the Spice Garden Shiraz blend. Representing just 475L of wine in 2020, this is the first release of Spice Garden.
Made in miniscule quantities from a very special block, this unique Shiraz has tension, structured tannin and fascinating detail.
There are three polygons that have, since the very early days, looked like they could stand apart as Single Polygon wines. Polygon 3 is 0.274 hectares (ha) and approximately 200 vines. Its soil profile is shallow red brown earth over deep chalky, sedimentary limestone which contains fractured schist and limited iron. Polygon 5 comprises two similar parcels of 0.12ha and 0.25ha, a total of 0.37ha. These Polygon 5 sections have deeper soils and well fractured schist with ferric clay (within the fractures).
Polygon 1 was defined in Pedro’s second visit in 2018. The block is 0.4ha which Pedro divided into separate areas and recommended that we exclude one section of 0.097ha which lacks the fractured schist of the other sections.