I am delighted to announce the publication of my 2021 Piemonte Report. This is the seventh and largest initiative I have ever published, whether in book format or online, and I hope that it enlightens Piemonte lovers like never before.
With 126 estates featured and just over 1500 wines tasted and no less than 123,000 words of tasting notes, this body of work is the result of exhaustive tastings in Piemonte and London over the last seven years.
As every year passes, I include another layer of notes, releasing them as an evolving vertical analysis of the finest estates in both Barolo and Barbaresco. I include a handful of Barberas and Dolcettos, too, and this year I have included a number of reviews of wines from the fascinating and soon to be released 2017 vintage.
My annual Piemonte Report differs from my other Reports – Bordeaux En Primeur, Burgundy En Primeur and 100 Best Australian Wines – because these are all annual Reports featuring snapshots of current release wines, while Piemonte concentrates both on new releases and also older vintages, too.
It is my intention that this Piemonte Report becomes a valuable database of tasting notes for those of you who are, like me, wholly captivated by the majesty and wonder of the last great wine region in the world.
Every Wednesday, since the beginning of the first extraordinary ‘lockdown’ period in April 2019, 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.