Traditionalist move over the young guns of wine are on their way. Wines like people are all uniquely different and different styles appeal to different people. Australians in general seem to be traditionalists staying with the varieties they recognise such as Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and the ever popular Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend. Many enthusiasts take the time to find just the right bottle others motivated by price and brand.
It might be time to move outside your comfort zone and try varieties you may not have tried before. New styles are appearing with a mix of innovative varietal’s. Matt Gant and John Restas are using eclectic varieties from unique vineyards of the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McClaren Vale to offer something different. Producing wines with flavour and texture , wines to drink and not just appreciate these young guns of wine making are taking the opportunity to offer something different.
Matt Gant from First Drop has won the “Young Wine Maker” of the year award plus the inaugural “Young Gun of Wine” award which is decided by prominent wine writers and based on a number of criteria including vision, originality, quality of wine and what the individual represents to the consumer. Matt very generously has given us some insights into himself and his wines:-