In 1968, a little known funk and soul outfit called The Winstons recorded ‘Amen Brother’. In the middle of the song (which by the way is very very cool- but it never achieved commercial success when released), the drummer, Greg Coleman, plays a short solo, or drum break. This 6 second, 4 bar piece of drumming genius is known as The Amen Break.
The Amen Break has become the most sampled drumbeat in musical history. It has been used by a huge diversity of artists, such as NWA, David Bowie, Public Enemy, The Prodigy, Aimee Winehouse, Carl Cox and Oasis.
It is considered the foundation rhythmic beat for the much of the electronic musical genre (Trip Hop, Drum ’n Bass, Jungle, Psych Trance etc.) that exploded in the late 80’s and early 90s of last century.
There is a world of information regarding the Amen Break available on the web- have a look, you will be surprised how many popular (and obsolete) pieces of music you’ve listened to, danced at and lounged about with that feature the Amen Break.
The Amen Break wines, setup by brothers Matt and Steve Harrop, have been making (sound) waves of their own lately. The 2015 Chardonnay recently took out the trophy for Best Chardonnay at the Royal Sydney Wine Show, and this Central Otago Pinot Noir has been landing on some of the best wine lists in the country.
Sourced from the Zebra vineyard on the Northern elevations of the Bendingo area of Central Otago.
All harvest is done by hand, the winemaking is respectful and considered. Natural yeasts conduct the fermentation, and a high (up to 50%) amount of whole bunches are utilized. Once dry the wine is pressed and matured in used French hogsheads. No fining is used and the wine is bottled unfiltered.
The Amen Break Pinot Noir has a wonderful dense deep red colour. Aromatics of red plum, black cherry and bunch-derived Campari are pure and intense. The palate is a revelation- dense but bright, concentrated and with space. Pure Pinot Noir flavours are wrapped in fine filigreed tannins, which are layered and add many levels of complexity. A vibrant, vineyard derived wine, free of winemaking artefact and rich in authenticity.