About Alkoomi Wines

The family-owned and operated Alkoomi has been pioneering wine production in the cool climate Frankland River region since 1971. Today its passionate team continues to produce varietal expressive wines of purity, elegance and distinction.

Alkoomi Wines is one of WA’s largest family owned and operated wine producers. Owners, Sandy and Rod Hallett, together with their children, Laura, Emily and Molly represent the third and fourth generation living and working on the Alkoomi property in Frankland River. It is this family’s love and commitment to the place they chose in the Great Southern, as well as Alkoomi’s unique combination of gravelly loam soils, warm sunny days and cool nights during the ripening season that produce grapes of intense varietal character and a sense of place.

 

A PLACE TO CHOOSE

 

The original 1220 hectare property was purchased by Sandy’s grandparents, Vic and Netta Lange, in 1946 and initially operated as a mixed grain and livestock farm. It was grandma Netta who chose the name “Alkoomi” for their rugged property, on land over two million years old – a local Aboriginal word meaning “a place we chose”.

 

Their son, Merv Lange took over the property on Vic’s retirement, but it wasn’t until 1971 that Merv and his wife, Judy, made the bold decision to plant just one hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and a little Shiraz and Malbec. Following their initial vintage of just 4 tonnes in 1976, the vine worked its magic on the Langes and, instead of just selling their grapes, they decided to make the wine themselves, building a winery in time for the 1979 vintage. Soon Merv and Judy began to taste success with many awards at wine shows around Australia, becoming ambassadors for the emerging Frankland River wine region. In 2005 both Merv and Judy were awarded the WA Wine Press Club’s coveted Jack Mann Memorial Medal for their outstanding contribution to the wine industry and for pioneering the Frankland wine region.

The year 2010 saw a change of hands at Alkoomi, and with that some changes in direction. The business is now in the capable hands of Sandy and Rod Hallett, (Merv and Judy’s daughter and son-in-law), both of whom have been instrumental in the successful running of the vineyard and winery for many years. Their enthusiasm and passion for Alkoomi, their inherent knowledge of the business, together with far reaching plans and ideas for the expansion of the company, augurs well for the future. Their three daughters, Laura, Emily and Molly have a similar respect and love for Alkoomi and together the family will ensure that the business continues to grow on the strong foundations laid by Merv and Judy some forty years ago.

OUR ENVIRONMENT

 

In recent years, Alkoomi has embarked upon a journey to minimize its carbon footprint. The installation of a 30kW solar energy panel on the roof of the winery, together with a major upgrade to the tank refrigeration system has certainly enhanced its sustainability and bodes well for the future of this family business.

The wall-to-wall grass policy, using select clover and rye grass between rows and under vines, has a three-pronged outcome. These plantings naturally outcompete weeds, sustainably manage soil microbiology and improve water retention by mulching. Weed control in the colder months, during vine dormancy, is left to sheep grazing.

 

The routine minimal spray program is close to organic status and the on-site dams are used efficiently to prevent vine stress during extended dry periods, without sacrificing the naturally low yields that produce concentrated flavours.

Alkoomi Wines

The family-owned and operated Alkoomi has been pioneering wine production in the cool climate Frankland River region since 1971. Today it continues to produce varietal, expressive wines of purity, elegance and distinction. Quality across the range and great value for money.

OWNERS : Sandy and Rod Hallett
WINEMAKERS : Andrew Cherry
ESTABLISHED : 1971
VINEYARD LOCATION : Frankland River
ANNUAL CRUSH : 2000 tonnes
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Semillon, Malbec, Viognier, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Verdelho, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling

CELLAR DOOR :1141 Wingebellup Road, Frankland River and 225 Stirling Terrace, Albany
OPEN : Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm (Frankland River); Monday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm (Albany)
WINE PRICES :$15 – 62
PHONE : 9855 2229
EMAIL : info@alkoomiwines.com.au
WEBSITE : www.alkoomiwines.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Wholesaler, Online, Mail Order, Retail

Alkoomi Black Label chardonnay 2016 ($24)

A little extra time in bottle has brought another dimension to this excellent chardonnay. Developing a slightly toasty nougat character on the nose. On the palate, it’s rich and quite textured with a peachy light char character, really impressive. Complex already while retaining a minerally char through to the finish.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 4 Years

Alkoomi Wandoo semillon 2013 ($35)

An old-vine semillon from Frankland River. It’s made as a wine for extended ageing and yet the deft lightness of touch and beautiful flavour intensity makes it perfect for current drinking as well. At the moment, it’s quite tight, but as it ages more good things will emerge.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 12 years

Alkoomi Black Label shiraz viognier 2014 ($24)

This has been a winner for Alkoomi since being introduced some years ago. The viognier is cofermented with the shiraz and that certainly adds some tannin structure. Has a reasonably high viognier component but it doesn’t appear excessive. The result is a wine of complexity and strength with suppleness. Plummy gingery apricot notes on the nose and deeper plum and dark chocolate coffee grounds on the palate.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 6 years

Owner: Sandy Hallett

Having been born and raised on the Alkoomi property, Sandy Hallett is the heart and soul of this family company. She has been involved with her family’s business since 1994, but it wasn’t until 2010 that she, together with her husband Rod, took on the considerable task of overseeing the general running of Alkoomi.

A standard day for Sandy involves being Alkoomi’s function coordinator, payroll officer, in-house chef and CEO, as well as continuing to build on the legacy created by her parents, Merv and Judy.


Owner/Vineyard Manager: Rod Hallett

Rod Hallett initially joined the Alkoomi team in 1994, just as the Australian wine industry began its heady ascent, with an increase in the export market becoming a fundamental part of Alkoomi’s business. Rod has been an integral part of the growth in this family-run company, from winery extensions through to planting new vines in the vineyard.

In 2005, Rod used his expertise to assist in the establishment of several other vineyards within the Frankland River region and beyond, before taking over as Alkoomi’s owner and vineyard manager in 2010.

Winemaker: Andrew Cherry


Andrew Cherry had a degree in chemistry from the University of Western Australia, but it wasn't until he was working in a Michelin starred restaurant in the heart of London, that he had his epiphany. His long-term devotion to chemistry plus his new found affection for wine could lead to only one thing – winemaking.


He promptly completed his oenology post-grad at the University of Adelaide before setting out for a vintage in Beaujolais. He then worked for several years in the beautiful Clare Valley, with another overseas vintage in Tuscany, before joining Alkoomi in 2008. He took on the role as senior winemaker in 2010, when Sandy and Rod Hallett became Alkoomi’s proprietors.

Assistant Winemaker: Jennifer Bound



Jen has 16 years experience in the wine industry. After completing a Bachelor of Wine Science at Charles Sturt/EIT NZ, her first vintage was in New Zealand.


Her winemaking journey has taken her from New Zealand , to India where along with her husband Ben (who is a Viticulturalist) and their two children embarked on an amazing experience in management, winemaking and vineyard operations whilst living and working in rural India. As well as this, she has also made wine in Victoria, Clare Valley and China. Jen is a passionate winemaker, who enjoys the challenge. Her motto is 'Every vineyard, ferment, tank and barrel tells a story - and I love helping to tell the tale'.

Wine Making Process

In the lead up to Alkoomi’s harvest, samples from each block of fruit are brought into the winery laboratory to monitor acid and sugar levels. However, every picking decision is only made after walking up and down the rows of vines, tasting the fruit in the vineyard. The grapes are harvested in the cool, early morning with the aim of retaining the primary fruit freshness from juice, through fermentation, to bottle.
In the winery, each individual parcel of fruit can be fermented separately, from the old vines planted in 1971 through to the anticipated fruit from new vines planted in 2014. This allows the wines to truly show their inherent regional personality and depth of varietal character.

CONTACT

Phone 08 9855 2229 Fax 08 9855 2284 info@alkoomiwines.com.au

Website

www.alkoomiwines.com.au

Alkoomi Cellar Door-Albany

1141 Wingebellup Road Frankland River Western Australia, 6396 Tel : 08 9855 2229 Fax : 08 9855 2284 Email : info@alkoomiwines.com.au

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