Next-Gen winemakers launching their own labels
"As he got older, Charlie would hang around the winery during the harvest "to avoid doing homework". He'd help out filling barrels. As soon as he left school he worked vintage in McLaren Vale and France. And last year, in between celebrating his 19th birthday, he made two wines, a pale, dry rosé and a spicy blend of shiraz, grenache and zinfandel, and released them under his own label, Silent Noise – because once the wine's in the bottle, the clamour of winemaking stops."
Wineries at risk of their owners age
“By focusing purely on food and ambience, Hunter provides the authenticity of the Old West without the costumes and playacting of a themed restaurant. You can bring your cowboy boots if you want, but the humble and relaxed atmosphere asks that you come as you are.”
McLaren Vale Meet Your Maker: pilgrimage to the fruity red centre
"Charlie O’Brien is hard to miss. The son of Helen and Kevin O’Brien, proprietors of the renowned Kangarilla Road, the young man is well over 1.8m tall with a curl of hair redder than, well, wine. Equally hard to miss is his blend of shiraz, grenache and zinfandel bottled under his own label, Silent Noise. There are crunchy red fruits and a note of soft, savory peach on the nose. Good fleshiness of fruit that’s cut through cleanly with a fresh acid and the tang of blood orange juice. It’s a touch spicy and leaves the taste of cooked rhubarb on the palate."