The Top 12 Young Gun of Wine Finalists of 2017

16 May 2017. Words by YGOW.

Today we can reveal the top 12 finalists for the coveted 2017 Young Gun of Wine trophies.

The 12 finalists consist of six winemakers from South Australia, two from Western Australia and Tasmania respectively, and one from both Victoria and NSW/ACT. This year, amongst the Final 12 are four female winemakers, including one in a husband and wife duo, blazing the trail for women in a traditionally male dominated industry.

The wines themselves make a diverse statement of Australian wine today, from traditional through to emerging varietals such as Gruner Veltliner and Sagrantino. There’s biodynamic and natural wines; and reimagined wines, such as a Riesling infused with native botanicals; and a “field blend” of ten varieties.

The Final 12 winemakers (via state) are as follows:


Chris Carpenter from Lark Hill Biodynamic Wines, Canberra District


Stuart Proud from Proud Primary Produce, Yarra Valley


Peter Dredge from Meadowbank, Tasmania
Ricky Evans from Two Tonne Tasmania, Tasmania


John Hughes from Rieslingfreak, Clare Valley
Michael Downer from Murdoch Hill, Adelaide Hills
Anna Hooper from Cape Jaffa, Limestone Coast
Charlotte Hardy from Charlotte Dalton Wines, Adelaide Hills
Rob Mack from Aphelion Wine Co., McLaren Vale
Vanessa Altmann from Switch Organic Wine, Eden Valley


Yoko & Andries Mostert from Brave New Wine, Great Southern
Remi Guise from tripe.iscariot, Margaret River

The Final 12 follows on from the Top 50 announcement event last week, where guests were able to meet the 50 winemakers and enjoy their wines.

The remaining opportunity for public to attend an event is at the People’s Choice, being held on May 24 in Sydney and June 19 in Melbourne.

The overall winners of the various trophies will be announced on June 20.

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