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.
Delicate floral notes on the nose and relatively restrained. The palate hits you with fleshy stone fruit flavours of apricot and white peach, with just a suggestion of funky mushrooms influenced by the natural yeasts from the vineyard.
From just two vineyard blocks in the Clare Valley. One in the south of Clare with limestone and chalk soils, the second in the north offering 65-70 year old vine fruit.
In the Winery
15% oak fermented using indiginous yeasts.
2010 Vintage: "...Fresh tangerine and green apple aromas are complemented by dusty talc and anise. Plump and juicy on entry and through the middle, then tightens up on the back end, displaying sappy citrus and honeydew character. Offers a compelling blend of fat and cut, finishing with very good spiciness and length. 91 points. July 2010, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.