Ricky Evans from Two Tonne Tasmania in Swan Bay is one of four Tasmanian winemakers to be listed in the top 50 finalists in the national 2018 Young Gun of Wine Awards.
Mr Evans, who produces pinot noir and reisling, was the People’s Champion in the 2016 awards.
Peter Dredge from Meadowbank finished in the Young Guns Top 12 last year and make an appearance again this year.
Jonathan Hughes, from Mewstone in Flowerpot, and Gilli and Paul Lipscombe, from Sailor Seeks Horse in the Huon Valley, join the finalist list for the first time.
This is the 12th year for the Young Gun of Wine Awards, founder Rory Kent said.
“The Top 50 highlights the multi-dimensional diversity of Australian wine. The judges spent two days benchmarking around 300 wines from some 150 winemakers to find the best of the best,” Mr Kent said.
“What you end up with in the Top 50 is not just a snapshot of great products from all grape growing corners of Australia, and the gamut of varieties, but also the intersection of ideas, philosophies, and the individual trajectory of the winemakers involved,” he said.
Judges included 2017 Gourmet Traveller Sommelier of The Year Caitlyn Rees, Good Food Guide WA Sommelier of The Year Emma Farrelly, 2017 Young Gun of Wine winner Michael Downer of Murdoch Hill, Rosetta’s Lisa Cardelli, Mike Bennie, Nick Stock, MONA’s Pip Anderson and Rory Kent.
The 2018 Young Gun will be announced in Melbourne on May 12 during a special event at Prahran Market between 7pm and 10pm.