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Wines Of Now

Jump Starting Kangaroo Island

  • Jump Starting Kangaroo Island

    After a series of false starts dating back to the early 1900s, viticulture on Kangaroo Island has grown steadily since 1985, though there has not, as yet, been anything like a boom. This year’s Top 50 features Nick Dugmore of The Stoke.

  • Old School Meets New in Barossa

    The Barossa is arguably Australia’s most revered wine region. It is the home of powerful red wines, established names making established styles, but there are also makers finding new meaning in the territory. The Barossa has been fertile ground for YGOW finalists, producing four Young Guns, Matt Gant (First Drop, 2007), Pete Schell (Spinifex, 2008), Abel Gibson (Ruggabellus, 2012) and Fraser McKinley (Sami-Odi, 2014). This year’s Top 50 includes Jonathan Ross (Micro Wines) and Steve Crawford (Frederick Stevenson).

  • Groundbreaking Heathcote

    Heathcote is a relatively young region, which saw an explosion of growth in the 90s, driven by the trend towards powerful shiraz. But Heathcote is very different today, wth shiraz finding myriad expressions, and other varieties increasingly taking the lead. This year’s Top 50 features Bart van Olphen from Italian variety specialist Chalmers.

  • The New Wave of Margaret River

    Margaret River is a beautiful place, and for a young wine region it’s very mature, with well-established paths to success built largely on the twin pillars of chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon (et al). Josephine Perry of Dormilona was our Young Gun for 2016, and this year’s Top 50 features small-batch makers tripe.Iscariot, LS Merchants and Arthur Wines, who are offering a creative foil to the mainstay wines of the region.

  • Tiny Champions of The Riverland

    There’s more to the Riverland than bulk-wine, with new growers and makers working with the hot climate – which favours organics – to make wine of regional character and high quality. Delinquente Wine Co. and Gatch made this year’s Young Gun Top 50, and they’re leading the charge in redefining a region.

  • Changes Coming From The Adelaide Hills

    There is arguably no more creatively fertile wine region in Australia right now than the Adelaide Hills. Seven makers made this year’s Top 50 – Alyson Tannenbaum at Vinteloper, Basket Range Wine, Dylan Lee at Bird in Hand, Golden Child, Main & Cherry, Scout, and Spider Bill Wines.

  • Rocking the Hunter Valley Cradle

    The Hunter’s classically savoury, mid-weight reds and achingly racy semillons – which age for decades into toasty, lemony delights – are two of this country’s most distinctive wine styles. But the Hunter is more than just this classic pair, with a multitude of grape varieties in the ground, and makers both large and small working to hone tradition, as well as diverting from it radically. This Year’s Young Gun Top 50 features two of the Hunter’s finest, Vinden and Dirt Candy.

  • Beechworth’s Pedigree & Potential

    With the imprint of iconic makers, like Giaconda, Sorrenberg and Castagna, Beechworth has a big reputation despite a relatively small output. It’s a region of extraordinary untapped potential, with the ranks of newer makers swelling and testing the limits. This year’s Young Gun Top 50 includes Sentio and Weathercraft, two of that new guard, and our Young Gun for 2015 was Adrian Rodda, who has been charting his own course in the region for nearly a decade.

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