With a PhD under his belt, a couple of other brands to organise, you’d think Colin had enough things to think about. But no. Enter his newest small scale conquest Vine Mind, whilst Some Young Punks is collaborative, Vine Mind is 100% Clare Valley and a dive into its persona as a region. Colin and Jen’s brainchild, is inspired by the wines of Rheinhessen and is rested in concrete after production to gain a slatey, textured palate. Their Shiraz Malbec is inspired by old-school Clare reds and fermented in concrete for a classic, punchy style. VineMind work with Viticulturist Dylan Grigg to better understand the vineyard and provide an educational standpoint. Their wines are for those who are searching for something from the new world that will challenge their ideas about Australian wines.
Ac cola (anyone remember that?) to sarsaparilla. It’s like baking rock buns, with pounds of cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate is cherries soaked in cola, dutch cocoa hangs through the mid palate, with a zip-line-like finish where there’s bits and pieces of vanilla pod, black currants and vine-ripened blackberries.