Macedon Ranges winemakers Dillworth & Allain have taken out the top award at 2020 Young Gun of Wine.
Young Gun of Wine (YGOW) announced the 2020 Young Gun of Wine award winners via a first-ever virtual trophy presentation.
Victorian winemaking couple Loïque Allain and Chris Dilworth from Dilworth & Allain took out two trophies, winning the Young Gun of Wine award as well as the Best New Act as newcomers to the Top 50.
The pair were lauded for their 2018 ‘Cope Williams Vineyard’ Chardonnay and 2018 ‘Doug’s Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, which they submitted to the YGOW panel in 2019 for tasting.
“Dilworth & Allain have made a profound impression with their young label,” said YGOW founder Rory Kent.
“This is only the second time in the 14 years of Young Gun that a maker has taken two trophies home at the one presentation. Loïque and Chris are a husband and wife team that do everything from farming and making truly exceptional wines right through to the artwork that adorns the labels.
“That their offering – in the eyes of our panel of industry experts – has been chosen as the most compelling from 50 of Australia’s best emerging winemakers is testament to just how good these wines are. And that they’ve done this in their first year is phenomenal,”
“The Macedon Ranges is one of Australia’s coldest wine regions, but it is white hot right now. There’s a terrific new breed in Macedon, as the four makers in our Top 50 illustrate, making wine from exceptional fruit sources and employing a modern approach that is about exploring flavour and texture through minimal inputs and artisanal making, and Dilworth & Allain are the perfect perfect emblem for this group.”
In 2020, the five trophy winners are:
• Young Gun of Wine: Dilworth & Allain (Macedon Ranges, VIC)
• Best New Act: Dilworth & Allain (Macedon Ranges, VIC)
• Danger Zone: 2019 Dhiaga Moscato (Swan Hill, VIC)
• People’s Choice: Gilbert (Orange/Mudgee, NSW)
• Winemaker’s Choice: Frederick Stevenson (Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills, SA)
The Danger Zone was awarded to 2019 Dhiaga ‘Moscato’ wine, from Victorian winemaker Justin Purser of Dhiaga.
The most adventurous wine that has yet been seen in the history of this award, it was made using moscato from a little-known region, and employed skin contact and pet-nat techniques, and with beer hops added to the ferment.
The People’s Choice, as decided by the public via online voting went to Will Gilbert from Gilbert and the Winemaker’s Choice as voted on by the 2020 Top 50 winemakers was given to Steven Crawford from Frederick Stevenson.
Now it its 14th year, YGOW searches for and celebrates the best young wine labels and emerging talent in the country. For the first time ever, YGOW hosted its trophy presentation virtually in place of its annual awards ceremony.