2023 marks the 20th anniversary since I launched my inaugural 100 Best Australian Wines Report. While two editions were prevented from seeing the light of day due to the pandemic, this is the Eighteenth Edition I have published physically.
The launch at Australia House was attended by the Australian High Commissioner, The Honourable Stephen Smith, and Deputy Head of Mission, Elisabeth Bowes, as well as over 300 wine trade luminaries and notable Australian businesspeople based in the UK.
As always, The 100 Best represents the finest one hundred Australian wines available on the shelves in the UK for the coming twelve months.
It is designed as a balanced, modern collection of all styles of wine, including sparklers, whites, reds, sweet and fortified wines.
I endeavour to cover all price points and as many regions as possible to give you a complete Australian ‘wine list’ for the next twelve months of entertaining, cellar-building and championing. This document is, in effect, my snapshot of what is going on in Australia at the highest echelons of winemaking skill.
Every wine listed here has won its place by gaining immense scores in my notes, and the various UK agents have confirmed that they have sufficient stock to see us through to the New Year and hopefully beyond.
As always, these are the only criteria for inclusion. As you read through these notes, you will find 13 debut appearances this year and an additional 130 wines in the copy. This makes a grand total of 230 recommendations of 100 Best grade wines (which appear in this Report. It is my great pleasure to bring these fantastic wines to your attention.