Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a winemaker for the day? Well that was mine and Joe Fattorini’s first official challenge for The Wine Show. A lot of ground is covered in the series, but I definitely racked up the airmiles by travelling the furthest to complete my vinous mission.
In the first episode Joe, in his red trousers, was sent to the historic Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux, whilst I was sent to Some Young Punks, a slightly ‘edgier’ winery all the way in Clare Valley, Australia. Their wines are icons within their own right and display the authentic ethos of their respective producers. However, that is where the similarity ends.
Driving through the hilly, horse-filled pastures of Clare Valley immediately brought back childhood memories of Little House on the Prairie. My changing room, a petrol station’s lavatory, was equally as rustic. It felt only appropriate to emerge from them dressed in Daisy Duke shorts and a checked lumberjack shirt. I was ready to face anything!
My assigned testing ground turned out to be a corrugated iron shed overseen by a three man team and an especially excitable terrier. I am greeted by Col, the tattooed, PhD toting, ‘incorrigible’ winemaker at Some Young Punks. I would expect nothing less from this quirky boutique winery where Col and the team create wines with personalities to match their vibrant comic book labels. Taking in my red headband I could see a Puck-like grin appear on Col’s face and I suddenly felt like Dorothy. Home and conventional winemaking seemed sepia-like – I was experiencing the Adelaide frontier.