BK Wines was was founded in 2007 by husband and wife Brendon and Kirstyn Keys with a view to making beautiful but envelope-pushing wines. Originally hailing from New Zealand and having spent time making wine in both North and South America, BK and Kirsty settled in the Adelaide Hills, spending the last decade or so raising a family, forming great long-term relationships with various organic and biodynamic growers, honing in on their various expressions of specific sites and styles, and building their very own winery too.
My introduction to these wines came via my sister, Lauren, who has been working for BK for the past two years. Last year I had the opportunity to visit them and have been following them closely ever since. Admittedly, with our Australia-heavy portfolio it would have been all too easy to say we did’t have room on our list, but the wines from BK have their own unique place in our lineup for a number of reasons. Foremost, the wines are as adventurous as they are well made, which is rarer than you may think. Second, their interpretation and use of various styles and methods highlight what is so unique to the Adelaide Hills, which I believe to be a fantastic place for growing grapes. And lastly, both BK and I love Savagnin! So it was only a matter of time before we landed Yellow Wine Blue Sky along with the rest of the range into the country!
Style-wise there is an incredible Vin Jaune-like Savagnin aged under flor, an egg-fermented Pinot Gris, a Savagnin-based dry vermouth, a slightly-skinsy White and an intensely aromatic, savoury Red - all of which have a lightness in touch you don't see very often. Site-wise you’ll find single vineyard wines from growers Swaby, Gower and One Ball, and, to top it off, their best barrels named after their sons Archer Beau and Remy.