The Young Gun of Wine awards aim to celebrate emerging wine producers, and last year, South Australian winemakers Damon and Jono Koerner from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley took out the coveted 2019 Riedel Young Gun of Wine award.
This year, things were a little different however, with the awards taking place virtually.
The Young Gun of Wine website also acknowledged that it was a year of firsts.
“It was the first time that we have held the event virtually (a social symptom of COVID-19), with our entire Top 50 ready to link up via video, as well as beaming into the homes of a legion of Young Gun followers. It was also the first time that the winner of the Young Gun of Wine took out the Best New Act in the same year, and only the second time a maker has taken home two trophies in the one year.”
“The Young Gun itself took much deliberation, with some very persuasive arguments from the judges finally helping to reach an accord after hours of agonizing deliberation.”
“The People’s Choice went right down to the wire, even requiring a countback, and 29 of the 50 winemakers received #1 votes from their peers in the Winemaker’s Choice voting.”
The Winemaker’s Choice award, which was voted on by all of the 2020 finalists, went to Steve Crawford of Frederick Stevenson, in the Barossa Valley, who took out the same trophy in the 2015 edition of the awards.
The People’s Choice award – as decided by online voting – was a tightly fought contest, with Will Gilbert of Gilbert, in Orange triumphing in the end.