Alkoomi Wines

Alkoomi Wines

About

The name ALKOOMI is taken from local aboriginal dialect and means 'a place we chose'. Alkoomi has embarked upon a journey to minimize its carbon footprint. 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.

Location Description

Located in the cool Frankland River region in the far south of Western Australia.

Features

  • One of WA's largest family owned and operated wine producers.

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Winemaker

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.

History

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 Team

Sandy Hallett - Owner:

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.

Rod Hallett - Owner/Vineyard Manager:

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.

Dougal Herd - Assistant Winemaker:

Dougal followed, an alternative, some would say unusual path into the wine industry. After spending six years sailing the high seas on the tall ship HM Bark Endeavour and discovering great wines throughout the world, Dougal returned to Western Australia to pursue a greater knowledge of wine and the art of its production.

His journey has taken him from Margaret River, through to the Yarra and then to Seppelt Wines where he was privileged to work with fruit from Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Dougal has a special affinity for Cabernet blends and Riesling; as such he jumped at the chance to return home to Western Australia in 2010 to be part of the new team at Alkoomi where these varieties have such great provenance.

Practices & Techniques

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.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Alkoomi's initial planting in 1971 of just one hectare under vine has been successfully transformed into 105 hectares (259 acres) of estate vineyard. The ethos of Alkoomi’s vineyard management has always been to favour quality over quantity, and to manage the property in an environmentally sustainable manner.

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Hours

Daily 10am to 5pm.

Address

1141 Wingebellup Road
Frankland, Western Australia 6396
Australia

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