2013 BK Wines "Skin 'n Bones" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia

SKU #1230167 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, hazy red. Intense, spice-accented red berry and potpourri scents show striking energy and pick up notes of sassafras and incense with air. Offers gently sweet raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a strong note of spicecake, with tangy acidity adding lift. Clean, sharply focused Pinot with superb finishing energy and length. This expressive wine was fermented on its skins for 100 days and made with 30% whole clusters. (JR)  (7/2014)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 The name of the wine references skin contact, in this case, 100 days on the skins, although tasted blind, the wine doesn’t seem extremist. I described it in my notes as gentle, leafy and autumnal, which appears to be Brendon Keys’ intention: His website describes how long skin-contact gives the wine an “autumnal, maple-leaf landscape.” Rather than going funky or rustic, it’s taken on the perfume of a fat porcini, the finish spicy and elegant.  (10/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and vital, light-footed but dark in flavor, offering cherry and roasted meat notes that linger deftly. (Web Only—2013)

K&L Notes

A crazy, experimental Pinot Noir made by hand-destemming the Pinot bunches directly into the oak barrel. Whole berry wild ferement and 100 days on skins inside the barrel! A highly perfumed and lifted wine with exotic spices, red fruit and crushed roses.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

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Adelaide Hills