Hands up who has children? Hands up who is constantly astounded by the diametrically opposed character traits found in offspring born from the same parents?
We are those parents – the personalities of our children Will and Max are so uniquely different that we often wonder how we managed to generate two such different children. But we love and celebrate their differences. And a few years ago, when we were experimenting with whole bunch ferments of two different Pinot Noir clones, the similarities between the genetic material of wine grapes and the human species were not lost on us. So we decided to name the resulting two distinctively different wines after our boys, Will and Max (I’ll let you guess which one is which…).
But before naming the wines, in 2013 we carried out a few whole bunch ferment trials with two different clones of Pinot Noir to see what alchemy would come about. It was the first year we had a decent crop off 6 year old 115 vines. We had tried 100% whole bunch ferments before but without much success. In one of our previous attempts with these ferments, we managed to make compost – Tim burnt his feet “foot treading” it because it had reached 50C degrees in the middle of the ferment!
But when get knocked down, we get up again. After seeking counsel from winemaker friends, we decided to have another go. Thankfully, the vinous stars aligned and we were successful. We found ourselves with one barrel each of the two different clones. The wines were treated exactly the same way, with same production methods, but they have resulted in wildly different drops – a bit like our two sons. Same genetic material – two different results.
We considered blending these two barrels of wine into other Holm Oak wines but they tasted so unlike anything we’d previously produced that we threw caution to the wind and bottled them separately as different wines. Given their similarities in character traits to our children, we referred to the wines as Will and Max throughout the winemaking process, but in an effort to reflect the wines’ authentic character traits in a more convincing way, we named them The Perfectionist and The Menace.
Max, our first child, is so set on every single detail being perfectly correct that we labelled his wine The Perfectionist; our second child, Will, is a wild child who gets away with behaving badly due, in part, to his cheeky grin. His label is The Menace.
A friend of ours (JL or Jason Lawrence) illustrated the labels for us – we absolutely love the individual characters. These wines will be sold as a twin-pack only because Max and Will are always together, regardless of their opposing personalities.
2013 The Perfectionist Pinot Noir
The perfectionist is named and made in honour of our first child, Max. Doesn’t like anything out of place. Good at sport and school. A little reserved, but sharp as a tack. Much like Max, this is the perfect example of whole bunch Pinot Noir.
100% whole bunch
265 bottles produced
2013 The Menace Pinot Noir
This wine is made and named in honour of our second child, Will. A little bit on the wild side, this is the child who gets away with behaving badly because he has that cheeky grin and uncanny knack of producing a witty one-liner. Much like Will, these vines and this wine behaved badly, but it has managed to get away with it through its charm and vibrancy.
100% Whole Bunch
263 bottles produced