Young Gun of Wine 2011
Mornington Peninsula winemaker Mike Aylward, whose brand is Ocean Eight, has been crowned the Young Gun of Wine for 2011. Ocean Eight makes refined pinot noir, delicate restrained chardonnay and also one of the better pinot gris going around.
Mike grew up around wine as his parents established Kooyong vineyard and winery on the Peninsula before selling it to the Gjergja family in 2004. A fourth-time finalist, he was chosen from a field of 11 young winemakers from around the country. Ocean Eight, incidentally, was named after a challenging hole on a Mornington Peninsula golf course. People’s Choice award went to Rory Lane of Grampians producer, The Story.