The black attack of McLaren Vale Shiraz is cleverly enveloped in Barossa-sourced Sangioveses savoury limbs in this triumphantly loose-limbed libation.
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
The Sangiovese grapes are taken from Barossa, whilst the Shiraz is selcted from McLaren Vale. Vines are 14-25 years old from soils of brown clay and ironstone sandy loam.
In the Winery
The wine spent 14-21 days on skins, 50% indigenous yeast fermentation, pressed to oak for malolactic and maturation. Aged for 11 months in a combination of neutral and French oak barriques.
2010 Vintage: "Deep ruby-red. Pungent dark berries, cherry compote and musky herbs on the nose, with sexy rose and incense qualities gaining strength with air. Broad and fleshy on entry, then turns nervier in the middle palate, showing dense cherry and floral flavors. Dusty tannins add grip and focus to the long, smoky finish. I like this wine's blend of richness and vivacity." 90/100, IWC Magazine, August 2011
High-pitched, smoky wild berry aromas are complemented by dried rose and orange peel. Juicy and energetic, offering sweet raspberry and blackberry flavors, a dusting of succulent herbs and no obvious tannins. An open-knit and seamless blend with excellent finishing clarity and spicy persistence. 90 points. July 2010, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.
Surely worth a try with something dark and savoury...squid ink linguini? Alternatively great with a rich and slightly spicey foods.