Some Young Punks The Squids Fist is now available in the UK at the Fareham Wine Cellar. Made by the cult wine making team of Some Young Punks, this is a 60/40 blend of Sangiovese and Shiraz, sourced from the Barossa and McLaren Vale respectively. This has the usual hallmarks of a Some Young Punks wine – a quirky blend and a really funky label (designed by Asaf Hanuka).
The Squids Fist is available here. Please note, the particular blend changes with each vintage.
From Some Young Punks – 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.
Fareham Wine Cellar Tasting Notes (2011 vintage) – The Squids Fist 2011 is medium to light red in colour with orange reflections. The nose is spicy, fruity and floral. I detect red cherry notes, other lifted red fruit, slight balsamic notes, strawberry jam, white pepper and rose notes. It almost reminds me of something from the Douro. The palate is incredibly clean and fresh. It is not a heavy wine, medium-bodied with more sweet, red cherry flavours and spicy cola notes. There is also a good, mineral backbone to the wine. Fresh and long-lasting. Good.
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 labels sported by increasingly interesting and wholly unique wines.
Find out more about The Squids Fist at the Some Young Punks Website.