"A small group of McLaren Vale's youngest winemakers are doing their own thing in a micro way at Red Heads Studio, a "garage winery" with a difference. Ten people made wine there last vintage, paying $400 a tonne, all done with a pitchfork and a tiny basket press. Some of them such as Mount Hurtle assistant winemaker Elena Golakova, hold down full-time jobs. With her partner, former Tatchilla and Mount Hurtle winemaker Adam Hooper, she makes La Curio wines. The Studio is managed by co-owner Justin Lane, whose own brand is Viottolo. Most of the wines are exported to the UK, to co-owner and wine merchant Tony Laithwaite. Red Heads has a mailing list but no cellar door sales. Whopping reds with monster alcohol strengths are the order of the day. Viottolo wines are on the tasting counter, along with the Longwood wines of another patron, Phil Christiensen.
Picking up on the 'monster' tag, old friend Hugh Johnson has this to say when tasting Viottolo last month: "Big? BIG? Its wine, a short black, sticky date pudding, Cuban cigar and afternoon nap; all in the glass".