Saturday saw the V Know Young Guns of Wine People’s Choice event held at the Prince Wine Store in South Melbourne. The event is held in order to crown the people’s choice award for the best young wine maker in Australia.
In all 12 young wine makers were chosen for the finals, including:
Adam Foster – Syrahmi
Anna Pooley – Heemskerk
Colin McBryde – Adelina & Some Young Punks
Dan Crane – All Saints
Emma Wood – Seppelt
Franco d’Anna – Hoddles Creek
Gary Mills – Jamsheed
Jeremy Dineen – Josef Chromy
Mac Forbes – Mac Forbes
Michael Aylward – Ocean Eight
Rollo Crittenden – Crittenden Estate
Shane Holloway – Delamere
Some astounding wines were showcased in an event that was heavily dominated by cool climate regions and easy drinking varietals. Pinot was a dominant player with six different wines on taste. The stand out for me was the 2008 Mac Forbes Coldstream Hills Pinot, closely followed by Heemskerk’s offering.
Jeremy Dineen from Josef Chromy displayed a magnificent 2005 Pinot Noir Chardonnay, the only one on offer, along with a delightful 2007 Pinot Noir sourced from Relbia in northern Tasmania.
Young Seppelt wine maker, Emma Wood, had a 2008 Drumborg Riesling on taste which was well-balanced considering its youth, but really needs another couple of years to mature. Her best offering was the 2006 St. Peters Grampians Shiraz. A cool climate shiraz, it has already developed some character, but again really needs some more time in order to reach its potential.
The 2008 Young Gun of Wine winner, Pete Schell was also in the mix with two interesting wines for Spinifex. The 2008 Lola, a blend of five varietals including: semillon, marsanne, ugni blanc, vermentino and viognier, was an intriguing offering that lingered on the palate well after it was tasted. Also on taste was the 2007 Esprit. Again a blend of five varietals including: shiraz, grenache, mataro, carignan and cinsault. An assault on the nose, and palate, but in a good way.
Also worth a mention was the Adelina Shiraz from Colin McBryde. A really vibrant shiraz from the Clare Valley in South Australia. The 2008 Woori Yallock Chardonnay from Mac Forbes, well balanced with great acidity, and the 2008 Syrahmi Maelstrom from Adam Foster.
A great public event showcasing the best young wine makers in the country. The award ceremony is being held tonight at Carousel in St Kilda, so best of luck to all the finalists.