Dub Style No1 Red Mix 2013

Way back in 2007, with my brothers and a group of friends, I went over to the Caribbean (West Indies) to watch the Cricket World Cup. Pretty much some of the best time of my life so far. What was notable at the cricket grounds, aside general vibe, jerk chicken for snacks, 9/10 rum to 1/10 fruit juice cocktails at the bars, and the sweet-herbal wafts of Devil’s Lettuce, was that at the actual venues, at every opportunity, dub, dancehall and reggae was blared out of the infamous, gigantic, pro-temp stacks that make up Jamaican Sound Systems. No Khe San, no Welcome To the Jungle, no We Are The Champions. Monoliths of vertiginous, black-faced, steel framed towers of speakers roaring music you could feel in your chest.

These Jamaican Sound Systems were originally trundled around on the backs of rickety trucks, set up in pockets of Kingston neighbourhoods, and were the pre-cursors to ‘block parties’ that became synonymous with hip hop in the USA.  The DJ collectives that came attached to the Sound Systems are credited with the emergence of hip hop in America, per se. Reggae, minus the lyrics, kind of begat Dub too. Anyway, it was with awe that I first saw the 20 metre-high-plus Jamaican Sound Systems dotted throughout the Caribbean on that trip, in situ, creating such atmosphere. You’d go to a park or beach and one would be set up, teetering and blaring, but meshed into the culture of the place. Somewhere in this jumble of thoughts, I was taken back there by the name Dub Style that winemaker Dudley Brown has bestowed this range of wines that come out of the Inkwell stables. Dub, that trip to the Caribbean, blaring sound systems, the Devil’s Lettuce, jerk chicken, grenache-shiraz-mataro from McLaren Vale. Right.

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Tasted : MAY15
Alcohol : 13.9%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2015 - 2020
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