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Some Young Punks- Naked On Roller Skates

I was about to launch into a witty opening paragraph explaining that if you like your light and elegant wines you should really look away now, but it struck me that this would do this wine something of a disservice. Yes, it’s a bit of a brute but it’s not a big wine just for the sake of being a big wine. This is a fun Aussie wine which is not trying to hide any of its charms.

A little background is probably needed here. I’ve long loved the wines of Some Young Punks winery in Australia. Their labels appeal to my inner child and also to my dislike of boring old fashioned wine labels. I know a wine label isn’t the main thing people look for when choosing a wine, but I bet it makes a big difference to some. The main reason I first tried the Some Young Punks “Monsters, Monsters Attack” Riesling in The Sampler was because the neon green Monster on the label was almost glowing in the enomatic machine. It caught my eye which in my view is an important job for a wine label.

The wines themselves are also excellent. This one in particular has some rather good pedigree behind it given the grapes for this wine come from the Adelina vineyard in Clare Valley. This vineyard adjoins the famous Wendouree vineyard on two sides (home to some of Australia’s most boutique and highly respected wines) and it’s actually a former Wendouree vineyard itself.

It’s perhaps no surprise then that the wine itself oozes class. The flavours are very concentrated and it’s a deep and brooding purple inky colour. It smells like blackberry gateaux which is certainly a good thing in my book. The finish is very long. Seriously, these full on black fruit flavours will be with me into next week…..

The introduction of the 15% Mataro certainly seems to have added a little structure whilst the Shiraz is allowed to run free and provide decadent black fruit notes. This is drinking really well now but I’d love to try another bottle of this in a few years time too just to see how it develops. I suspect it’d age gracefully for a good while yet.

So there you go. A wine which is classy yet menacing. I’d be thrilled if someone said the same about me….

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