I am thrilled to announce the second edition of my Finest Fifty Wines collection, which I am publishing for matthewjukes.com Members only, to give my most loyal supporters a few more terrific reasons to raise a glass.
While this initiative is entitled ‘The Fifty Finest Wines of 2021’, this list includes wines which are, for the most part, fairly recent discoveries because alerting you to wines that I found earlier in the year and have sold out or where stocks are thin on the ground would be self-defeating.
This means that epic discoveries like 2020 Kumeu River, Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay New Zealand and 2019 Craggy Range, Aroha Pinot Noir, Te Muna, Martinborough, North Island, New Zealand to pick two at random are not mentioned here. However, you still ought to try to track them down! This neat report sums up the 50 most vital wines for your delectation as we come to the end of what has been another challenging year.
I hope that you love these wines as much as I do. It has been a great pleasure putting this collection together, pitting wine against wine in order to come up with the perfect fifty. All of these wines are available right now to buy (and most are drinking nicely!). I have not included any en primeur or as yet unreleased wines here. Spread across all price brackets and with no extraneous criteria other than serious quality coupled with intrinsic value, this is a remarkably eclectic collection like no other. I am sure you will find a few sensational wines here to excite your palate.
This website is made possible because of your Membership and trust in my palate. Thank you so much for your continued support. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Every Wednesday, since the beginning of the first extraordinary ‘lockdown’ period in April 2020, I select a few great wines that I think offer particular value for money and also a huge amount of joy on both the nose and palate for you to savour. These wines are designed to lift your mood during these uncertain times. This initiative allows me to run wild outside of the formats of my weekly national columns. All of the merchants featured in Wednesday Wines are able to deliver to your doorstep, so you should be able to order easily and receive the wines without too much delay. As we go in and out of lockdown and restrictions are relaxed and then, again, tightened I have decided to continue with this piece because the feedback from my readers, the wineries concerned and the merchants listed has been overwhelming.
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Matthew has been a constant thread in our successful communication, not just on wine, but all things South Australian.
When I became Agent-General, I looked at all of the things that South Australia does well. There are many. But wine is the one I decided was the most appropriate to use as our ‘flagship’. Everyone loves wine. Everyone knows wine comes from nice places. We have the best wine in Australia – and the world. Matthew Jukes is the best advocate we have.
Not only is he an independent expert and an expert on wine – especially South Australian wine – he is also a brilliant communicator and an all-round good bloke. He features regularly as the star of our South Australia Club events and has become a key factor in its success. We love him.