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2023 Kin Grenache Magnum

2023 Kin Grenache Magnum

The Kin Grenache feels energetic and floral, but give it time and red fruit, blood orange and cardamon will present. A patch of vines on limestone provides vibrancy and definition, necessary for the wine’s drive, with flesh and power from Blocks 22 on clay and 18 on schist. 

Estate grown and made 
Certified organic and biodynamic fruit

[VARIETIES] 100% Grenache
[ALC] 13.5%
[PRODUCTION] 1500 dozen

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Tasting Notes
The cool 2023 season has delivered a wine of elegance, with exceptional fine tannin. The Kin Grenache feels energetic and floral, but give it time and red fruit, blood orange and cardamon will present. A patch of vines on limestone provides vibrancy and definition, necessary for the wine’s drive, with flesh and power from Blocks 22 on clay and 18 on schist.
Vineyard Notes
Fruit for the 2023 Grenache is made up of three blocks. Block 22, planted to bush vines in 2016, is located on the east to west ridge of the property, making up 42% of the wine. Picked in two parcels; the limestone component on 18 March and the clay component, a week later. Block 18, picked 17 March, from vines on clay and schist makes up 50% of the wine, with the remainder from Block 25.

"Nicely placed at medium weight and no holding back of the fine, lithe tannin profile that shifts this away from regional examples leaning into ripe and jammy characters. Indeed, decidedly red fruited, sweet spice abounds, some undergrowth characters and an evenness in the palate that speaks of Australia's lither Grenache renaissance. Kudos."

93 points, Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine

"Another fine vintage in these parts, slightly cooler than than the majestic 21. A lifted nose, thrumming with fecund strawberry, blood plum and bergamot. A danker chorus of campfire, dried thyme and lavender, dragged across a scale of nebbiolo-like tannins, gritty and precise, indelibly marked by schist. This gently mid-weighted, young vine expression is a brilliant example of contemporary Aussie grenache, by far the most exciting variety in the country of recent times. Quaffable. Drink or hold."

92 points , Ned Goodwin,

"The pretty and modern 2022 Grenache Kin from Barossa shows significant whole bunch influence. It offers up gentle aromas of rose petals, wild raspberry, Chinese five spice and fennel seed to start. It is beautifully pitched with fleshy flavors and stalky well-intergrated tannins. The palate twists and turns between sweet fruits and savoury stalky influences before a finely tuned finish. This is intruiguing wine."

92 points, Angus Hughson, Vinous

"NASAA certified organic and biodynamic grenache from blocks 18 and 22 on the Alkina Greenock estate, 100% whole bunches, basket pressed into concrete and a small portion into stainless steel for 6 months. Vibrant, perfumed and just a joy to drink with pretty red cherry and plum fruits bound with ginger spice, purple florals, red licorice and earth. Light and airy with chewy tannin grip, bright acidity and a savoury swish on the exit." 

93 points, Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion

"This is the perfect entree into the wonderful world of Alkina. This is a Greenock producer that you really want to become familiar with. This is juicy, friendly, dry and serious at once. It’s all flowers, berries and earth with lots of juice and a good amount of tension. Red cherries and cranberries with juniper berries and purple flowers. It’s fresh. It’s pure. It’s energetic. And yet it’s structural. I like this a good deal."

92 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

"Medium full red with a good tint of purple and a most attractive bouquet of smoked spices, raspberry/black cherry, and a char/earthy/ironstone background. The wine is medium bodied and very approachable young yet has enough grip and structure to take some age, and to accompany quite hearty foods. Delicious wine, with a sweet-fruit core and a lovely balance between intensity and lightness of being. Grenache charm writ large. It rings my bells and is great value."

95 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review

There is quite a bit of buzz around for Alkina Wines. It's all about good farming and detail. It's like bonsai winemaking, three blocks of grenache on the same property, two (clay and schist) provide the flesh and power, the other, off limestone, the drive. The vinous valence here is undeniable. Spacious and filigreed with pristine red fruits, gingerbread, amaro herbs, blossom and exotic spice. Just beautifully composed with tension and transparency.

94 Points, Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion 

I’ve written before about this remarkable vineyard and its painstaking approach to producing small parcels of wine from various micro-terroirs across the property; it’s also a previous winner at the Vineyard of the Year (VOTY) Awards, taking out the “Groundbreaker” gong for innovative viticulture in 2021. Marco Simonit and his team have recently started advising here on vine architecture and pruning techniques, to set the younger blocks up for a long and fruitful life. This gorgeous grenache is made from predominantly young(ish) vines and is full of life and energy: pretty perfume of spice and blood orange and red fruit, lots of powdery fine tannin and savoury finesse in the mouth.

Max Allen, Australian Financial Review

A fragrant, more balletic iteration of mid-weighted Barossan grenache. Transparent, a little lighter, a tad verdant and more febrile than recent years. Strawberry, sapid and attractively sour, muddled with white pepper,

92 Points, Ned Goodwin MW,

The heart is sweet but it’s all savoury from there. Indeed such is the array that it’s hard to know where to start: sweet plum, red licorice and boysenberry move quickly towards saltbush, woodsy spice, potpourri and sweet earth. It’s juicy and lacy at once, the finish beautifully composed, the carry of the finish satisfying and then some.

92 Points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

Raspberry and rosemary on the nose lead into a sappy core. Raspy tannins balance the ebullient swathe of red berries, suggesting there might be some whole bunches in the fermentation. This is a lively grenache with interest.

90 Points, Gabrielle Poy, The Real Review


The 2023 Kin Grenache is fragrant, bright, crunchy and edgy, with graphite, black tea and coal dust in profusion. This is not the fleshy, succulent wine that was the 2022 Kin Grenache (and thank goodness for vintage variation keeping things interesting, let's be honest). This is ultimately more lean, mineral and spicy in its expression. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap.

90 Points Erin Larkin, Robert Parker Wine Advocate