Just 377 cases of this single vineyard Chardonnay were produced...one not to be missed!
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
This is Adelaide Hills Chardonnay from the Bowyer Ridge vineyard in Gumeracha. Fruit was hand picked and whole bunch pressed straight to barrel, where by the act of some deity, fermentations started, albeit sporadically - with yeast that could only be considered as those native the vineyard and winery.
In the Winery
The wine matured on gross less for eight months, no stirring took place, not because we're inherently lazy, more because it's was a stylistic endeavour.