While the weather conditions during the growing season were anything but straightforward, this incredible region has given rise to some staggeringly beautiful wines in 2021. Sadly, Mother Nature got the better of many renowned estates, and their wines missed the mark. So, I have deleted no fewer than 38 notes for the first time in my Bordeaux Report because I know you will not be interested in buying wines with scores of less than 15.5/20 (or a Bronze Medal in judging parlance). 2021 is not a year in which you can reorder past favourites.
Collectors must do their research before spending their money. With early releases indicating some value can be found this year, it is more important than ever to lodge your requests with your trusted wine merchants without delay. Allow me to be your guide. While this has been a bizarre year, not least because I have tasted more wines than ever before, the finest wines are unmissable and truly unique. There is excellence to be found both in the highest echelons down to simple Petit Château creations.
This is a 100% independent view of the 2020 Bordeaux vintage, and I hope that it will enable you to make highly informed decisions on which wines to buy for your cellar.
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.