Tasmania has three winemakers listed in the Young Guns top dozen

MIXED DOZEN: Ricky Evans from Two Tonne Tasmania features in the Young Guns of Wine top 12 list. Picture: Supplied

MIXED DOZEN: Ricky Evans from Two Tonne Tasmania features in the Young Guns of Wine top 12 list. Picture: Supplied

Three of the four Tasmanian finalists from the top 50 the 2018 Young Gun of Wine Awards have made it through to the final 12.

Two Tonne Tasmania’s Ricky Evans has been named as one of the country’s best young winemakers, and will be contending the title at MONA in Hobart on June 18.

Tasmania’s other top 12 finalists are Jonathan Hughes from Mewstone, D'Entrecasteaux Channel, and Gilli and Paul Lipscombe from Sailor Seeks Horse, Huon Valley.

Mr Evans, who produces pinot noir and reisling at Swan Bay, was the People’s Champion in 2016.

“It’s nice to get here again. I’ve been in the top 50 and top 12 and it’s a pretty good list of winemakers,” Mr Evans said.

The recognition received through this awards program has boosted the Two Tonne Tasmania brand.

“It gives you a lot of exposure when you’re sitting next to winemakers of this calibre,” he said.

“Tasmania has three finalists. We’re batting above our average in terms of production and it’s a great indication of where the quality lies.”