Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A WINE FOR JULES VERNE AND ED WOOD FANS EVERYWHERE
Today, my Bacchus sales rep, Renee, brought with her Kent Savitt of Vine St. Imports. For those of you that don't know, Vine St. brings in some really cool Australian and New Zealand wines from some pretty incredible winemakers, some of whom just moonlight here while they work at some of the bigger producers from across Oz.
One wine in particular struck me as pretty amazing: The Squid's Fist 2007 from Some Young Punks. Winemakers Jennie Gardner and Colin McBryde share both their passion for winemaking and their love of 60's era B-movies with this apparent hommage to Jules Verne (or maybe Ed Wood). This fantastic blend of 61% Sangiovese (from the Kalimna area of Barossa) and 39% Shiraz (from McLaren Vale) is rich, full-bodied and creamy with loads of ripe, concentrated red and black fruit aromas and flavors, hints of spices, chocolate, white and black pepper, and espresso. This remarkable wine looks kitschy (label-wise) but the wine speaks for itself - it kicks some serious ass. Look for it soon.