Some Young Punks epitomise the best of New Australia. The punks consist of Col McBryde (voted Australia's Young Gun Winemaker of the Year), Jen Gardner (self confessed nerdy yeast expert) and thirdly Nic Bourke. Like most amongst the new breed of interesting, young winemakers in Australia they aren't moved by porty Shiraz and seeks instead a sense of place and restraint the wines, influenced by the best of the Old World and the New. Col McBryde is as unimpressed by flash-in-the-pan medal-winners that are short on provenance as he is by being hide-bound to the Old World, and carves his own niche. Yet being media savvy and having a sense of humour allows this ironically quietly-spoken but earnest bunch to market themselves outrageously and to bring a fresh approach to labelling. Expect to see increasingly alarming label sported by increasingly interesting and wholly unique wines.
In the Vineyard
Selected from vineyards in Padthaway and Langhorne Creek, South Australia.
In the Winery
A very simple, cool and steady ferment takes place, with 7 days on skins, pressed toward the end of ferment, settled and racked for malolactic fermentation and maturation, 80% in stainless steel to retain freshness and 20% of the Shiraz went to oak to provide some flesh.
The classic Aussie blends offers power and depth of flavour richly black and sensual but never heavy this bears a delightful mineral spice on the finish for a hugely satisfying gobful of red.
Grapes: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon