Two Barossa wine buffs have been barreled among a host of winemakers to make this year's Top 50 Young Guns of Wine for Australia.
Whistler Wines' Josh Pfeiffer, who has a passion on producing sustainable wines using organic and biodynamic practices, and Naked Run Wines' Steven Baraglia, who is passionate about a minimal intervention approach, have each made the cut.
Young Gun of Wine (YGOW), the industry's authority on the best young wine labels and winemakers on the rise made the announcement on Tuesday.
The 2019 Top 50 includes 19 SA winemakers, plus 13 from Victoria, eight from WA, seven from New South Wales/ACT and one from Queensland.
Sixty per cent of this year’s nominations are new to the annual list, highlighting the depth of emerging wines across the country.
“Each year, the Top 50 list gets harder and harder to decide, which demonstrates the increasing quality and calibre of new wine labels in Australia," YGOW founder Rory Kent said.
"Added to that, there’s a diversity of people, places and paths to wine, which makes the list so compelling and creatively igniting for the direction of Aussie wine.”
This year’s judging panel tasted around 250 wines over two days, to determine the Top 50 list.
The final 12 will be announced late April, with the public then being able to decide the “People’s Choice” via tasting events in Sydney and Melbourne.
The winners will be announced at a trophy presentation in Adelaide in June.