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Some Young Punks


‘The Squid’s Fist’

Red Blend   |   Clare Valley - Australia


The eclectic (yet very on-brand) name came from a blending session in the mid 2000s. Conversation digressed from the Simpsons episode with the sea-faring captain on to a giant squid being washed up on a beach in Japan. That morphed into the Trixi and Tessa trilogy and they commissioned Asaf Hanuka, a well-known Israeli illustrator, to sketch their ramblings. The wine is meant to be fun, made simply to retain freshness and appeal with obvious characters shown from both varieties.

The grapes were harvested from 20-year-old vineyards and brought into the cellar to co-ferment after yeast inoculation in concrete vessels for 10 days. The wine then moved to a mix of stainless-steel tanks and neutral oak barrels for 10 months of aging. The wine was bottled without fining or filtering and just a small dosage of sulfur.


  • Grapes: 50% Sangiovese - 50% Shiraz
  • Vineyard: Hill River Estate
  • Vine Age: 20-years-old
  • Soil Type: Grey sandy loam
  • Viticulture: Conventional
  • Fermentation: Inoculated — co-fermented in concrete tanks
  • Skin Contact: 10 days
  • Aging: 10 months in a mix of stainless and neutral barrique
  • Alcohol: 13.8%
  • pH: 3.5
  • Total Acidity: 5.9 g/L
  • Total SO2: 71 ppm
  • Total Production: 594 cases
  • UPC: 9340928000210

Tasting Notes

Brick in color, this red blend has ripe red stone fruit flavors like cherry and plum. Sangiovese gives it herbaceousness, while Shiraz lends violet, cumin, and pepper flavors. It’s a big wine with lots of weight, but the finish is very balanced, thanks to a clear line of acidity.

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