Tracking all the movement in the wine landscape is, even for industry folk, a struggle. But as far as a snapshot of the producers raging against the conventional winemaking machine, it’s hard to go past Young Gun of Wine Uncut. An offshoot of the broader Young Gun of Wine program, this high-energy tasting is held around the country. This weekend it’s Perth’s turn.
In addition to directly connecting wine drinkers and wine producers, it’s also a chance for the producers themselves to network and meet like-minded winemakers from beyond their region. Or at least that’s the case for Yoko Luscher-Mostert and Andries Mostert, the husband and wife team behind Denmark-based label Brave New Wine and one of the success stories of the Young Gun of Wine program (in 2016, Brave New Wine’s Wonderland riesling – a riesling infused with native botanicals – won the inaugural Danger Zone prize for the country’s most adventurous wine).
“As always, we’re most excited to see, meet and taste the new little guys we really know nothing about,” says Luscher-Mostert. “Giving the small guys a boost in the limelight has, for us, always been the greatest achievement of Young Gun.”
Despite keeping a close eye on goings-on in the industry, even the Mosterts find it difficult to single out specific producers from this year’s line-up. None the less, here are five producers they’re hoping to get around to seeing on the day.
Exciting Rhone-style wines from great sites in Victoria showing purity and minerality.
Say what? We have a feeling these guys are going to be right up our alley. Fun, funk and irreverence straight outta’ Geelong.
Mysterious fun-slash-serious wines in a box from Margaret River. Intrigue-plus.
Bringing the Basket Range vibe to Margaret River. Exciting to see another breakout from the often-conservative Margaret River set.
Vallée du Venom
Super exciting wines from some super grouse folks. New-school wines out of old-school Swan Valley and Margaret River.