Young Guns of Red Wine

Follow the young guns

The young guns of wine represent the newer generation of winemakers. It seems like they are shaking up the industry and doing things their way and producing some gorgeous modern wines. So when about fifty of them are turning up with their wines for a tasting, I’m so there! It seems like here are too many interesting wines so I’ve decided to drink only reds tonight. Now let me introduce you to twenty or so delicious reds that I want to drink more of.

The Shiraz’s

So many good bottles of Shiraz, with probably more from the Barossa that anywhere else.

Spinifex has it’s focus on making regional wines from the traditional Mediterranean grape varieties, including this delicious shiraz. Head Wines I’ve loved for their shiraz and GSM for a few years now. First Drop Mothers Milk are clearly meeting their commitment to making kick arse booze and they also make a mean Montepulciano.

I discovered Gundog Estate earlier this year at their Hunter Valley cellar door with a wonderful range of shiraz, even though this Marksman’s Shiraz is grown in the Canberra district. As is the Polperro by Even Keel, although their base is in Mornington Peninsular. Taltarni in the Pyrenees is  a classic brought up to date by the next generation. Cordaroy wines in the Adelaide Hills are “matching place and variety to good effect” (says James Halliday). And it’s good to drink de Iullius again, a recent discovery for me at their cellar door in the Hunter.

 

Spinifex, Syrah, Barossa
Spinifex, Syrah, Barossa
Polperro Even Keel Syrah, Canberra District
Polperro Even Keel Syrah, Canberra District
Head wines, Barossa including the Head Red (GSM blend), the Blonde and the Redhead shiraz
Head wines, Barossa including the Head Red (GSM blend), the Blonde and the Redhead shiraz
de iuliis shiraz (pronounced de uli~iss), Hunter Valley
de iuliis shiraz (pronounced de uli~iss), Hunter Valley
Gundog Estate Marksman Shiraz, Canberra Wine District
Gundog Estate Marksman Shiraz, Canberra Wine District
First Drop, Mothers Milk Barossa Shiraz, and Minchia Montepulciano
First Drop, Mothers Milk Barossa Shiraz, and Minchia Montepulciano
Taltarni Pyrenees Victoria Shiraz
Taltarni Pyrenees Victoria Shiraz
Le Messurier Corduroy, Adelaide Hills Shiraz
Le Messurier Corduroy, Adelaide Hills Shiraz

And that’s without counting the blends. I’m very taken with the Eperosa mature/shiraz/grenache blend from the Barossa, the All Saints grenache/mourvedre/shiraz blend from Victoria and the Parous shiraz/mataro from the McLaren Vale. Also from the Mclaren Vale is a lovely MVG Grenache.

Eperosa Totality (78% Mataro, 15% Shiraz, 7% Grenache), Barossa Valley
Eperosa Totality (78% Mataro, 15% Shiraz, 7% Grenache), Barossa Valley
All Saints Grenache, Mourvedre, Shiraz, Victoria
All Saints Grenache, Mourvedre, Shiraz, Victoria
Parous, Shiraz & Mataro, McLaren Vale
Parous, Shiraz & Mataro, McLaren Vale

The Pinot Noir, the Malbec and the Italians.

I’ve meet some great Italian’s today. Firstly there are the two delicious Nebbiolo’s, Born & Raised small batch wines from Heathcote, and the Italian heritage plus cool high altitude climate of Dal Zotto in the King Valley. Then theres the A. Rodda Tempranillo from Beechworth, who also do a mean cabernet sauvignon/merlot/petit verdot/malbec blend. Samu produce a yummy Nero d’Avola / Langrein blend in Adelaide and the Vanguardist MVG Grenache is a thing of beauty.

Sailor seeks Horse makes a complex Pinot Noir in the Huon Valley, probably the coolest wine region in Australia, perfect for Pinot Noir (and Chardonnay). And finally, Bremerton in South Australia are making a spot on Malbec.

Born & Raised, Heathcote Nebbiolo, Victoria
Born & Raised, Heathcote Nebbiolo, Victoria
Bremerton, Malbec, Langhorne Creek, South Australia
Bremerton, Malbec, Langhorne Creek, South Australia
Dalz Otto Nebbiolo, King Valley
Dalz Otto Nebbiolo, King Valley
Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir, Huon Valley Tasmania
Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir, Huon Valley Tasmania
Samu, Nero d'Avola /Lagrein 50/50 blend, Adelaide South Australia
Samu, Nero d’Avola /Lagrein 50/50 blend, Adelaide South Australia
A.Rodda, Beechworth, Tempranillo, and Cuvee de Chez (66% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, 6% petit verdot, 4% malbec)
A.Rodda, Beechworth, Tempranillo, and Cuvee de Chez (66% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, 6% petit verdot, 4% malbec)
Vanguardist, MVG Grenache, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Vanguardist, MVG Grenache, McLaren Vale, South Australia

As much as the space in the Ivy makes for a good wine tasting venue, there’s no food with the tasting, not a single cracker. Therefore we have to go downstairs to Palings and buy a meal if we want any food with the wine tasting.

Chilling at The Ivy
Chilling at The Ivy
Bathroom basin mirrors in The Ivy
Bathroom basin mirrors in The Ivy
Marketing by the flagon
Marketing by the flagon
Wine tasting at the Ivy Young Guns
Wine tasting at the Ivy Young Guns
Wine tasting at Ivy
Wine tasting at Ivy

Best bits: all these wonderfully diverse modern reds

Worst bits: no bread, no crackers, nothing!

Where am I: Ivy Lounge, Level 2, 330 George Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000. The entrance to Ivy Lounge is located on Ash Street

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