As half of Yetti & the Kokonut (the Koko in the Kokonut), Koen gets to play a lot! With Y&K Koen gets to experiment with some fun skinsy whites and with his own label ‘Bink,’ he goes the opposite direction with short contact red and a splash of Chenin. Here the idea of light and bright reddish wine really takes form. Quirky? Yes. Juicy? Absolutely. Serious? Define serious…certainly it is a layered complexity that one can get lost in, though it is best served chilled, consumed with friends, and with a second bottle ready.
Cabernet Franc from a site high on Sellicks Hill in the Vale is the base here. The fruit was handpicked in late February and 10% of the lot was left intact at the bottom of the tank with the majority being destemmed fruit set atop. Fermentation almost kicked off immediately and after two days on skins the lot was pressed to a vacuum sealed tank where it fermented dry. The wine was then racked to a few old 300L French hogsheads to age. The Chenin component came from some gnarly bushvines in Vine Vale, Barossa Valley. The fruit was handpicked two weeks prior to the Cabernet Franc and was fermented 100% whole-bunch in a concrete egg. After three days on skins the lot was pressed to a single old 300L French hogshead for maturation. After four months in barrel the selections were blended and bottled without fining or filtration and only a small 20ppm sulfur addition.