‘Some Young Punks’ was born in 2006 from the collaboration between winemakers Colin McBryde, Nic Bourke and Jen Gardner in the Clare Valley, South Australia. As the name suggests, they’re having a lot of fun making wine, as evidenced by their labels, bottle names, website and general approach to winemaking. ‘The formula was very simple’ said McBryde, ‘make rocking wine, with equally rocking packaging.’ ‘Some Young Punks’ is the second label by Jen and Col, who also run ‘Adelina Wines’. The winery is rustic in many senses, ‘where the most elaborate piece of equipment would be the coffee machine.’ Fruit is sourced from all over South Australia, including the regions of Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Piccadilly Valley (southeast of Adelaide), and Clare Valley, where their estate vineyard is located. The labels and bottle names are taken from real pulp novels, such as ‘Passion has Red Lips’ and ‘Naked on Roller Skates.’ For the T’n’T (Trixie and Tessa) series, the labels were created by Asaf Hanuka, an Israeli illustrator, who designed them to look like 1950s film posters.
The ‘Quickie! Sauvignon Blanc’ from the Adelaide Hills has passionfruit and lime on the nose and palate, with fermentation in tank and oak adding textural dimension, with high acidity adding freshness. The ‘Naked on Roller Skates Shiraz Mataro’ from McLaren Vale has aromas of cinnamon, raspberries and cocoa, with cherry, raspberry and liquorice on the palate, with ‘caramel-like’ weight in the mouth. ‘The Passion’ has ‘Red Lips Shiraz Cabernet’ has aromas of leather, cinnamon, apple and blackberry, blueberry and mint on the palate, and an alcohol content of 14.5% adding weight to the mouthfeel.
For more information on Some Young Punks and their wines, head to the website.