Young gun wine­maker recog­nised

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

Wine­maker Jen Pfeif­fer, of Pfeif­fer Wines, is thrilled and hon­oured to be named as one of the 2017 Young Guns of Wine.

Ms Pfeif­fer re­cently made the awards Top 50 list of young wine­mak­ers.

“I’m thrilled be­cause it’s a real hon­our to be recog­nised along­side Aus­tralia’s best wine­mak­ers,” she said.

The Top 50 list was de­ter­mined ear­lier this month af­ter a two-day tast­ing of mul­ti­ple wines from 200 wine­maker can­di­dates.

Ms Pfeif­fer was hon­oured to be nom­i­nated in the awards.

“An in­dus­try peer nom­i­nated me and en­cour­aged me to do it,” she said.

“I was re­quired to sub­mit wines from my port­fo­lio and they were as­sessed by a panel of judges.

“It was a great to be named and to be able to fly the flag for Ruther­glen.

“The pres­tige is ter­rific and helps pro­mote Pfeif­fer wines and Ruther­glen, which is such a great op­por­tu­nity.”

The Top 12 fi­nal­ists were named ear­lier this month and while Ms Pfeif­fer was not se­lected, it has not di­min­ished her spirit.

“I would be happy to have an­other crack at it and keep rep­re­sent­ing Ruther­glen, which is a fan­tas­tic wine re­gion with such great her­itage,” Ms Pfeif­fer said.

In 2012, Ms Pfeif­fer launched her Naked Wines Jen Pfeif­fer Rock it Like a Red­head brand.

“We were ap­proached by an on­line wine re­tailer, Naked Wines, who wanted me to cre­ate my own range ex­clu­sively for them and that’s where the Jen Pfeif­fer Rock it Like a Red­head brand was born,” Ms Pfeif­fer said.

“It has been an amazing suc­cess story and a won­der­ful part­ner­ship.

“It’s been a great op­por­tu­nity for me and I have thor­oughly en­joyed it to date.”

The fi­nal tro­phy win­ners in the Young Gun of Wine Awards will be an­nounced on June 20.

Wine­maker Jen Pfeif­fer show­cas­ing some of her wine ahead of the 2017 Young Guns of Wine awards.

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