The Young Gun of Wine UNCUT tour took over both Mothervine and East End Cellars in Vardon Avenue on the weekend showcasing some of Australia’s best up and coming winemakers.
Combined, the two venues hosted more than 30 winemakers from around Australia (mostly South Australia) with more than 60 wines on offer at the three-hour event. With beats from the Skin Contact DJs filtering through both bars it was a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a taste and a chat.
The Young Gun of Wine UNCUT was a fabulous opportunity to be able to meet the talented individuals that conceive, create and are ultimately out there marketing their very own label. Many have been in the industry for a while, working for larger, more established vineyards and are now making the gutsy move to make their own mark on what is a hugely competitive industry. It was definitely interesting to hear the stories, and see the direction that South Australian wine making is taking. Here are a few of our favourites.
Arno Wine Co.
Producing what they advertise as “dangerously drinkable wines from the Barossa Valley”, husband and wife team, Craig Viney and Ruby Stobart are all about sustainability and minimum human intervention. Their wines are for “drinkin not thinkin” and created to work with all sorts of food.
For us, the Arno Wine Co. 2017 Mataro was a standout. Well suited to the Barossa climate, the fruit is taken from old vines from the Barossa’s western ridge. The Mataro exhibits plenty of dark cherry, plum and blackberry flavour with a hint of exotic spices & cranberry character.
With aromas of plum, cherry, Asian spice, purple flowers, gingerbread and wafts of gentle oak, the 2017 Grenache is a celebration of pure, delicious old vine Barossa Grenache.
After spending his university years working for a number of boutique wineries in different regions in both South Australia and overseas, owner Turon developed a love for the Adelaide Hills and its potential to produce premium cooler climate wines. As such, he has now completed his first vintage in this brand new winery located in Lobethal and has put together The Hills Handcrafted Collective; a co-operative winery where young winemakers can come together and share equipment.
Turon’s Young Gun of Wine features were from his “Artist” range where artist Kellie Em created unique artworks for each label that represented the personality of the wine inside.
The Field Blend is a delicious white taken from a single vineyard and bursts with tropical fruit and yellow nectarine flavours. Perfect for that summer dish!
The 2016 Pinot Noir is a basket press and aged in French oak for 18 months to produce a silky, yet powerful wine full of intense fruit flavours including blood plum and anise spice.
Charlotte Dalton Wines
We often wonder what the story behind a label is. Well the gorgeous Charlotte Hardy has a beautiful tale to tell around the naming of the two wines she had on show for the event. The ‘Love You Love Me’ Semillon and the ‘Love Me, Love You’ Adelaide Hills Shiraz names come from a time as a young child when her mother used to tuck her and her three brothers into bed at night and say those words to her kids – “love you, love me – love me, love you” What a beautiful way to remember her mother.
It wasn’t just the story we enjoyed though. Charlotte turned me into a Semillon convert with her 2017 drop. This wine has been fermented in the barrel and spent extended time on lees. She describes it as playful, joyful and a little bit naughty.
If you like a red, you won’t be disappointed either with the Adelaide Hills Shiraz. Using fruit from Balhannah, the wine is rested in barrels over the winter, and left to its own devices to “hibernate”. Charlotte doesn’t filter the Shiraz, so says you may find “some special bits of love” in the bottom of the bottle.
Congratulations to all the winemakers that featured as part of this year’s Young Gun of Wine UNCUT tour. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for all of these fabulous labels at a bar, restaurant, online or at a specialist bottle shop near you and support this sensational new generation of talented winemakers.
Words and Photos by Tania Dalton