BK Wines

BK Wines is a small artisan producer owned by Brendon and Kirsty Keys.  Brendon is a Kiwi turned Aussie DJ, Chef and Winemaker. He sports a ginger beard, wry smile, and a lack of pretension. Brendon has worked in the US, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa. The wines are made at their own winery, Altamont Premium Studio, along with contract-made wines for a number of businesses in and around the Adelaide Hills.

 

He experiments like a mad scientist. “People ask me what kind of wine I want to make. I like to think of myself as modern French; oak and wild yeast are two key points, and knowing when to intervene.” He selects grapes from organic vineyards and adds minimal sulfur to his offerings, qualifying BK as a Natural Wine producer. This is a story of a man, his love, his passion and a pretty simple focus...to make honest and righteous wine.

 

 

 

Pinot Noir Gower

Among the highest reaches in the Hills, Lenswood has the ability to create Pinot Noir both with focus and richness. Brendon has the Gower Vineyard down pat producing two different wines from this site; as Skin ‘n Bones also comes from Gower. BK has longed for this site for some time and there was never any fruit available. Now enter the historically difficult 2011 vintage and many winemakers bowed out with Brendon accepting the challenge. This was a classic example of ‘drink by producer and not vintage as the 2011 was superb. What did that leave for 2012? Only room to go up and produce a more complete Pinot Noir.

 

In some respects this wine is the anti-thesis of the prettied up, light, bright Pinots you often see. Somewhat serious, moodier, brooding with darker fruits – think plum and blackberry – hints of leather and old libraries. It does get some floral lift with violets adding feint perfume. Entirely native yeast fermented with 30% of the fruit fermented whole-cluster and pressed off of skins after 37 days to 30% new French barrique and puncheons where it is left to wait patiently for 11 months. As always, unfined and unfiltered.

 

Region: Adelaide Hills
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2012
Vineyard: Gower Vineyard
Vine Age: 22 years old
Clones: 114, 115, 777
Yield: 1.9 tons per acre
Soil Type: Sterling Sandstone Loam over Deep Clay
TA: 6.8
pH: 3.53
Alcohol: 12.5%
Oak: 11 months French barriques and 500L puncheons (30% new)
Production: 150 cases

Reviews:

"Hazy red. Explosively perfumed scents of candied red fruits, incense and Asian spices, with a hint of smokiness building in the glass. Sweet, penetrating and pure, with excellent clarity and lift to its bitter cherry, raspberry and rose pastille flavors. Takes a darker turn with air and finishes on a gently tannic note, with outstanding focus and vivacity and lingering blackberry and spicecake qualities." ~ 93, Vinous July 2014

Price: Fl $480
 
Nouveau Syrah

An unoaked Summer friendly Syrah in the Beaujolais Nouveau style unlike you’ve seen before. More brilliant creativity from BK! The grapes were handpicked in early April and 100% destemmed but the berries were left whole. The fruit was gently put into tank where a bit of CO2 was added to jumpstart the native ferment. Fermentation and maceration were limited to one month to retain heaps of vibrancy and delicacy. Everything was pressed directly into tank where after five months, and ML occurring naturally, the wine was racked once and bottled.

 

This Syrah is definitely something different. With no oak influence and just 12% alcohol it’s all about the fruit, and boy is this some delicious fruit! It just jumps out of the glass, with perfect acidity and tannins adding structure and balance to complete the picture.

 

Region: Adelaide Hills - Lobethal Subzone
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Vintage: 2014
Vineyard: Coulter Vineyard
Vine Age: 10 years ols
Yield: 2.7 tons per acre
Soil Type: Lime & Sandstone over Deep Red Clay
TA: 6.3 g/L
pH: 3.67
Alcohol: 12%
Skin Contact: 30 days
Oak: None - Stainless Steel
Production: 550 cases

Reviews:
Price: Fl $216 3cs $200
 
Cult Syrah

‘Cult’ is not Brendon’s way of marketing, rather it is a nickname of the ‘Coulter Vineyard’ from which the prized fruit hails. Situated at 1,300 feet in the Lobethal zone and organically farmed, the ‘Coulter Vineyard’ was made famous by Henschke for its Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit is handpicked much earlier than the other tenants of this site. In vintages past Brendon has fermented a portion of the fruit whole cluster, in 2012 he valued the purity of the fruit and destemmed 100%. Wild yeast fermented and aged in French puncheons for 11 months. The wine as always is bottled unfiltered and unfined.

 

A nod to Crozes-Hermitage and a bit of a rock star... ...but is fortunately sexy enough to pull it off. Audacious and loud-mouthed, Cult belies its cool-climate origins with sweet, dark fruit and ripples of delicate chocolate at its core. There is a persuasiveness and warmth to this wine that feels passionate, intense and instantly even perilously appealing. Alluring and dangerous.

 

Region: Adelaide Hills
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Vintage: 2012
Vineyard: Coulter Vineyard
Vine Age: 7 years old
Yield: 1.8 tons per acre
Soil Type: Sandy Loam and Weathered Schist
TA: 6.7 grams per liter
pH: 3.6
Alcohol: 13.5%
Skin Contact: 35 days
Oak: 11 months in French puncheons (20% new)
Production: 250 cases

Reviews:

"Dark purple. Explosive scents of blueberry, boysenberry and cassis, with a peppery topnote. Broad, deep and nicely concentrated, its sweet dark fruit flavors complemented by touches of Indian spice, olive, and dark chocolate. A rich, deep, lively syrah with a distinctly spicy finish." ~ 92, Vinous July 2013

 

"Medium to full crimson-purple; the fragrant bouquet ranges through red and black fruits, peppered with warm spices; the palate is only light- to medium-bodied, but has good focus and varietal expression. No need for patience. " ~ 92, James Halliday August 2013

Price: Fl $400
 
One Ball Chardonnay

The grapes are hand-harvested in small boxes and fermented whole bunch with no additives and pressed to barrel. Nightly battonage is implemented over a 9 month period of time helping to soften the wine and provide more texture. The wine spends 12 months total in French oak, of which 10% is new French barrique, the remainder is 2-3 year old French puncheons and barriques.

 

Region: Adelaide Hills - Kenton Valley District
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Vintage: 2013
Vineyard: One Ball Vineyard
Vine Age: 10 years old
Clones: Clone 97
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Yield: 1.9 tons per acre
Soil Type: Sandstone & Quartz over Deep Clay
TA: 8.0 grams per liter
pH: 3.17
Alcohol: 12.5%
Oak: 12 months (10% New French, 90% two and three year old 50/50 French Barriques and Puncheons)
Production: 500 cases

Reviews:
Price: Fl $320