2017 Young Gun of Wine Top 12 announced
The top 12 finalists for the coveted 2017 Young Gun of Wine trophies have been announced.
The awards celebrate the industry's hottest rising stars. Last year, industry legend Brian Walsh, chairman of Wine Australia, described the awards as an incubator for emerging talent and a who's who of the contemporary wine scene.
The 2017 final 12 include six winemakers from South Australia, two from Western Australia and Tasmania respectively, and one from both Victoria and NSW/ACT. This year, there are four female winemakers among the final 12, including one in a husband and wife duo.
The wines themselves make a diverse statement of Australian wine today, from traditional through to emerging varietals such as Gruner Veltliner and Sagrantino, biodynamic and natural wines; and even a Riesling infused with native botanicals.
The finalists are as follows:
Chris Carpenter, Lark Hill Biodynamic Wines, Canberra District
Stuart Proud, Proud Primary Produce, Yarra Valley
Peter Dredge, Meadowbank, Tasmania
Ricky Evans, Two Tonne Tasmania, Tasmania
John Hughes, Rieslingfreak, Clare Valley
Michael Downer, Murdoch Hill, Adelaide Hills
Anna Hooper, Cape Jaffa, Limestone Coast
Charlotte Hardy, Charlotte Dalton Wines, Adelaide Hills
Rob Mack, Aphelion Wine Co., McLaren Vale
Vanessa Altmann, Switch Organic Wine, Eden Valley
Yoko & Andries Mostert, Brave New Wine, Great Southern
Remi Guise, tripe.iscariot, Margaret River
The overall winners of the various trophies will be announced on June 20.