Beer & Wine

Meet The Maker: Part 1, Mada Wines

The Mada Texture

Wine gives us the freedom to discover.
Wine gives us the freedom to discover. Whether it is exploring the beautiful wine regions of world or discovering the hidden gems at the local bottle shop, wine affords us the opportunity to make wonderful discoveries. For me, discovery is meeting the people behind the wines and hearing what drives their passion and why they craft wines that reflect this passion.

In the first of this series “Meet your Maker”, we get to meet one of the new generation winemakers shaping an exciting new style and evolution in the wine world.

Hamish Young, a self-professed “ex- Kiwi” (although I am sure he will keep on as an All Blacks supporter, as this is the easiest job in the world) has been working away as a winemaker in Australia since 2007. He started in the Barossa, but quickly found himself in Canberra, a region better suited to his heritage and where he felt comfortable amongst the morning frosts and cool climate vineyards.

This year Hamish and his Mada wines were nominated as a finalist in the “Young Gun of Wine” competition – an annual competition unearthing and showcasing the new and exciting talents in the industry. As I sat opposite Hamish I quickly understood why he was amongst this celebrated new batch of winemakers- a relaxed and quietly confident guy, who feels very comfortable his style of wine.

The Canberra and Hilltops (Young NSW) regions gives Hamish the opportunity for discovery. Finding the growers with new sites and varieties from a diverse and relatively undiscovered region. His wines are a true reflection of this passion and discovery. On his Mada labels, Hamish names the vineyard, the growers and the soil types where he sources his grapes. Through our tasting he keeps reminding me that he loves to work with “good people” who are passionate about the trade and the health of their land and you immediately sense he has developed a strong community amongst his growers.

Hamish worked at Eden Road, on of jewels in the Canberra region crown, for 9 years, before he left to start Mada, in 2016. During this time at Eden Road, he learned how to harmonize the regional characteristics to produce beautifully balanced wines. Wines with a purity of flavour that represent the place they are grown.

In his current release wines there is a very compelling component or thread which runs through each wine. It comes in the form of texture. It’s hard to explain in simple terms, however, when you taste the wines you are left with lasting fresh flavours and a coating across your month which is very alluring and somewhat distinctive.

We chatted about mutual mates in the industry while we were tasting through his range. All 2018 wines. The eye-catching design and colours of his labels differentiate each style. Every wine shone brightly, with fresh flavours and  a beautiful balance between the cool climate citrus acidity, a slatey minerality from the rocky soils and this  “Mada texture”.

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His “Blanc” was a wine that really intrigued me. A wine driven by Gewürztraminer and supported by a little Riesling and Pinot Gris. The musk and lychee aromas got me in and then the everlasting palate presence coating my tongue with fresh fruit, followed by the need to go back for a second mouthful. A real pleasure to drink and would match perfectly with Thai food.

The final wine of the line-up was a knockout. Named Syrah Nouveau, the 2018 Shiraz with a touch of Grenache and Mouvedre was almost electric. A vibrant purple colour, the wine was made as a spring release red. No oak, no aging, just super fresh and bright berry flavours riddled pepper and spice. Again the “Mada texture” left you with a memory of the fun and freshness of this wine. A must for the spring bbq and would also be perfect with Chinese bbq duck or pork.

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Meeting Hamish was a true discovery for me. Cracking young wines from a cracking young bloke. Keep an eye out and discover the “Mada Texture” for yourself.

Other wines Riesling, Rose ( Nebbiolo), and Pinot Gris.