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Four winemakers from Victoria have claimed positions in the Final 12 contending for our Awards in 2019.
One of the things we love about the annual search is the bringing together of people, places, and paths to wine.
In 2019, two of the four Victorian labels are finalists for the first time Jayden Ong of jaydenong_wines in the Yarra Valley, got started on the slippery slope of winemaking over 10 years ago, having caught the bug in the restaurant game.
Ben Ranken of wilimee_wines, recognised for his work as winemaker at Galli Estate in Heathcote, put his skin in the game by purchasing a vineyard in Macedon Ranges to make wines under his own label.
Whilst two have previously made the Final 12 Shaun Crinion from dappled_wines in the Yarra Valley, was born on the Gold Coast and cut his winemaking teeth in California, before landing in the Yarra Valley. This surfer goes silently about his work, but the poise and precision of his pinot and chardonnay in the glass speaks volumes.
Simon Killeen of simao_and_co_wines, the seventh, and most recent, generation of his family to ply his trade as a winemaker, but he has broken the mould somewhat by venturing out on his own.
As stockwine says: “The competition to make the final 12 is huge, we agonise over this cut. It has always been a tough cut to make because the strength, skill and capability of new-generation winemakers in Australia is a fast-growing force. That means it is very tough to make the top 12. We aren’t really looking for trends, and neither are these winemakers, it’s not about that. At this level it’s a game of authenticity, confidence and capability – and making delicious wine of course!” Check out these wines of the 2019 Final 12 if you can. Or better yet, come meet them in person and try the wines at our coming events in Sydney and Melbourne (with bestcellarssyd and citywineshop). YGOWfinal12 MacedonRanges YarraValley Rutherglen 📸 morgophoto