Some Young Punks produces some stand-out wines – inside and out. Known for their striking pop art labels, the punks were on the front of the packaging revolution in Australia and always thought differently about how to package their wines. With their punk attitude to winemaking, Colin McBryde, Jen Gardner and Nic Bourke make wines with charisma and attitude. “Each time we make a wine”, they say, “it may be the last wine we make – and if it isn’t worthy of being the last then it will never wear the Some Young Punks name.”
Their contemporary approach means minimal use of oak and short ferments to retain maximum punchy vibrancy. The creative trio believe it’s okay to judge these books by their covers, which are as bright and bold as the wines they clothe.
In Passion, the Shiraz takes the lead with round fruit and spice while the Cabernet Sauvignon, with its blackcurrant fruit, lends depth and elegance. A nose of ripe cherry, cranberry, black fruit, with vanilla, violets, molasses and a whiff of pencil lead. This leads to a concentrated palate of cranberry and sour cherries, with more savoury flavours of black tapenade, herbs and a hint of tobacco. A silky yet gusty wine that goes perfectly with red meat.
These guys never disappoint!