Young Gun of Wine winners revealed - Hospitality Magazine

Words by Annabelle Cloros Hospitality Magazine 21.6.2018

The Young Gun of Wine winners have been announced after the awards ceremony was held at MONA in Hobart.

Now in its 12th year, the program revolves around celebrating young winemakers and new labels.

The Riedel Young Gun of Wine award for 2018 went to Rob Mack from Aphelion in McLaren Vale, South Australia.

People’s Choice was awarded to Melanie Chester from Sutton Grange Winery in Bendigo, Victoria, after two tasting events in Melbourne and Sydney.

“It looks like the keyword from 2018 is ‘approachability’,” says Rory Kent, founder of Young Gun of Wine.

“Winemakers are breaking ground with new varieties, and exploring new techniques, all in the search of more delicious wines made from our climate and for our palates.”

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Sutton Grange Winery's Melanie Chester wins Peoples Choice category - Bendigo Advertiser

Words By Tom O'Callaghan Bendigo Advertiser 20.06.2018

A boutique winemaker has taken out the people’s choice category in a competition uncovering the best young winemakers and new labels.

Sutton Grange Winery’s Mel Chester took out the Young Gun of Wine award on Tuesday in Tasmania.

“We are stoked. The award is presented to the person who sells the most wine at tasting events in Sydney and Melbourne, so rather than being asked to vote with a pencil and paper, they are being asked as consumers to vote with their wallets,” she said.

Ms Chester said the win was made more exciting because the winery’s philosophy was to make products people could enjoy and share together.

The winery took two products to the event, though it was the Shiraz that best captured the public’s attention.

“People love a good Shiraz from central Victoria,” Ms Chester said.

“We have a really lovely farm for Shiraz, with old granite soils and great weather.”

The national competition has been going for 12 years and its founder, Rory Kent, said winemakers were breaking ground with new varieties and techniques, “all in the search of more delicious wines made from our climate and for our palates”.

Bendigo Advertiser 20.06.18

Wine Words - Gladstone Observer

Word by Regan Drew for Wine Words Gladstone Observer 30.06.18

The 12th Young Gun Of Wine Awards have been announced at MONA in Hobart, celebrating the new wave of Australian winemakers. Rob Mack from McLaren Vale’s Aphelion took the top trophy, while Best New Act is Jonny Hughes of Tassie’s Mewstone Wines. People’s Choice went to Melanie Chester of Sutton Grange in Central Victoria and Winemaker’s Choice went to another Tasmanian winery: Paul and Gilli Lipscombe of Sailor Seeks Horse. Check winery websites for stockists.

An exciting blend of Fiano and Viognier. Vibrant snow pea, green melon, peach stonefruit and lemon. Unexpectedly textural with a long and refreshing palate. Rating: 9/10 RRP: $25 Alc: 12.5%

Gladstone Observer 30.06.18