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. The Squid's Fist is a blend of Sangiovese 60% and Shiraz 40% sourced from the Barossa and McLaren Vale respectively. 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. 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. From the label,
"A Battle in the Deep as Two Foes Collide! The Squid's Fist
lands hard against the crude steel of the submersible; the force buckles, kinks and crushes it as an old rivalry comes to a head 750ml under the sea! Once again the TNT team find themselves submerged in high drama. How will they survive both the wrath of the mighty Cephalopod and the diabolical plans of the crazed engineer?"
The label is a commissioned work by artist Asaf Hanuka
Some Young Punks The Squid's Fist Sangiovese / Shiraz - The black attack of McLaren Vale Shiraz is cleverly enveloped in Barossa sourced Sangiovese’s savoury limbs in this triumphantly loose-limbed libation! Suave, perfumed black and dark fruits, cherry essence, spice, dark chocolate and liquorice. There is a complexing hint of 'old-world' earthy rusticity flowing cheek by jowl with great vitality, freshness and presence on the palate.
Food & Wine match:
Surely worth a try with something dark and savoury...squid ink linguini? Alternatively great with a rich and slightly spicey foods.