The Young Gun of Wine awards celebrate and showcase new wine labels and young winemakers making a name for themselves. To find the best of those a series of Uncut events take place around Australia with a Top 50 to be announced in April next year, followed by a final 12 and then awards made in June – including a People’s Choice so you all have the opportunity to vote.
This year’s Perth event was held on 1 December at a new venue – Harvey Leigh’s Public House in Highgate – seventeen wineries and 34 or so wines to try – along with a panel show hosted by Dan Wegener and Dave Cosford with a selection of makers giving their views and experience with minimal intervention wines providing an insight into the direction these young winemakers are heading.
Harvey Leigh’s kitchen had a number of small plate dishes available to those who wanted something to soak up all the wonderful wines – trout crudo, oysters, pork croquettes, cauliflower fritters, charcuterie plates, pastrami sandwiches and more.
The set up this year was a lot less crowded than previous years with plenty of space to work your way around to all of the displays – so a definite plus as far as that is concerned – and also a lot more central with plenty of public transport, too. Good choice of venue.
And to the wine, well there were some beauties to be had – Swan Valley Wines with their lovely Pet Nat was a highlight; and speaking of Pet Nat, Perth Hills producer, Chalari, had theirs on offer too- another top class example of the style – and Konpira Maru had a stunning Queensland sourced Verdelho Pet Nat, La Douche Tropical.
Kim Tyrer from Galafrey was on hand to talk through her wines – the Muller Thurgau a particular favourite of mine.
Corymbia, from the Swan Valley, had their two new releases 2018 Chenin Blanc and 2018 Red Blend (Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon) and these are well worth seeking out.
The Goon Tycoons whose wines I tried only a week or so before at the Gourmet Escape and Tripe.Iscariot as usual impressed with the quality of their wines.
One particular highlight were the wines of Silver Pillow – I never expected to see a cask wine from Margaret River but there they were – Yoga Girl Rosé and La Feet Red – top quality Margaret River wine in a cool looking cask!
And as far as rosé goes, the beauty from South by Southwest was spot on, while a new winery for me, Revelation, based in Margaret River also were showing a delightful rosé made from Merlot. (And the moustache of winemaker Francois Ribaud was a sight to behold!)
Other wines to appeal included Alkimi’s Grenache from Goulburn, Rudimentary Wines The Fable Shiraz, and First Drop’s Vivo Arneis. And of course not to overlook Ladygarden from Geelong, Shadowfax from Macedon, Dune from McLaren Vale, Jericho based in the Adelaide Hills and the exciting wines of Great Southern producer, Freehand.
This was another highly successful Young Gun event and all of the wineries will be right up there to go into that Top 50 – and I reckon we may have seen the winner too, as well. When the voting begins around May make sure you hop online and cast a vote. Looking forward to that – and next year’s event as well. Mark it on your wine tasting calendar – and if you are in another State keep a look out for the road show as it rolls around.