Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Brendon Keys is a freethinking frontier wine-maker. His wines are cutting edge, yet they’re the very definition of modern Australian quality winemaking. From Pet-Nat’s to skin contact gris, to some of the region’s most captivating Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
BK’s greatest strengths as a winemaker are his passion for artistic expression and his uncompromising quest for high-quality fruit. His primary goal is to source exceptional small vineyards producing grapes that reflect the individuality of a particular site. As a winemaker he uses a minimalist approach to gently guide well-chosen fruit to a beautiful final result in the bottle. This combination of an artistic soul and unyielding quality standards makes Brendon a recognised master of his craft.
“As part of the crew continuing to redefine what we understand as ‘modern’ Australian wine, Keys is a low-fi enthusiast with a keen desire for experimentation, but only in the pursuit of making delicious wines. A three-time finalist in the Young Gun of Wine Awards (winning the coveted ‘Winemakers Choice Award’ in 2014), and listed as one of the ‘Top 10 Dark Horses’ to watch in James Halliday’s Wine Companion, it’s a pursuit that has so far won Keys – and wife Kirsty – many fans.” – The Drinks List
Here at Ergo, we firmly believe Brendon (ably supported by wife Kirsty) is a visionary. If you haven’t yet tried his wines you must. If you have tried the previous vintage then look forward to the next! Most of the range is tiny in production; all are extraordinary.
We’ll always remember trying the entire range in his cellar on one beautiful cold bright blue- sky day. Here are some of the words we used to describe the wines: Layered, yeasty, moreish, intense, textured, salty, bouncy, seaweed, fascinating, exciting, harmonious, aniseed, concentrated, mandarin infused, cloves, fine, long, earthy, vitalizing, laser like, zesty, invigorating, delightful, savoury, crunchy…