I launched my 100 Best Australian Wines for 2013/14 last night at Australia House and was delighted to welcome the largest ever crowd to this event. Sadly, only five Aussie winemakers were in the room unlike the normal fifty or sixty for various reasons during this London Wine Trade Fair week, but nevertheless it was still a record-breaking number of journalists, wine buyers, sommeliers, commentators and industry experts which shows that the passion and excitement surrounding top flight Australian wines continues to grow year on year in the UK.
Click on the link below (you have to hover your mouse over the line below and it turns blue!) to download the full 100 Best Australian Wines List for 2013/14.
There is a full list of stockists here (missing a few lines because of snail-paced agents). It is a bit of a handful to download – 8 pages of A4 – but it should make sense. If you cannot track down any of the wines though, do just drop me a line in the ‘Contact Matthew’ section in the ‘About Matthew’ tab.
Some quotes on the 100 Best for 2013/14
‘A perfect road map to explore the best Aussie wines…I love this list, it offers a snapshot of contemporary vinous Australia…a guide offering excited wine suggestions…value for money is an intrinsic part of the selection….I say cheers to Matthew and his hot Aussie 100’ Victoria Moore, Weekend Telegraph Here is the link to the article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/10118467/Hot-tips-on-Australian-wines.html
‘Stunning wines, best ever list, insert thirteen of Matthew’s adjectives here…’ Oz Clarke, Wine Legend
‘Every wine is true to its style and region’ John Torode, Masterchef
‘The best 100 ever, really interesting’ Noel Young, Noel Young Wines
‘An exceptional line up of Shiraz and confirmation of where I thought/hoped Australian Shiraz was going… elegant, delicate, restrained, cool, bright juicy, a new lexicon for Aussie Shiraz ‘ Adam Lechmere, freelance – Decanter.com. Food & Travel, Rot. by Adam Lechmere see this excellent review of the Shiraz line up in this year’s 100 Best on his site. Click on this link – http://adamlechmere.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/australian-shiraz-comes-of-age.html
‘Heroic set of Pinots on display at Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best’ Jane Parkinson, Wine Gang, Restaurant Magazine, Tesco Magazine, Square Meal
‘Fabulous and fascinating Matthew Jukes 100 Best tasting. Astonishing wines, huge range of styles, thanks for finding them. One of London’s best tastings no doubt’ Will Lyons, The Wall Street Journal
‘A true believer in Australia’s diverse terroirs and very effective friend of Australia’s fine wine community’ Brian Croser AO, Tapanappa Wines
‘Well done on putting together a phenomenal snapshot of Australia’s wines it was a very educational tasting for me, in particular I really liked the tasting notes, very original!’ Douglas Wood, WoodWinters
‘This tasting gives a perfect impression of the entire wine industry of Australia. It showcases some very classic styles and regions as well as the latest emerging styles, trends and regions. The 100 Best gives a perfect idea where Australia should/could go across all price-points and styles’ David Jean, Australian wine buyer, Systembolaget, Sweden
NB – Unfortunately I have spotted three typos. Charlie Melton’s Nine Popes is £35 retail. The UK agents gave us the wrong price, but that’s no excuse – I should have spotted it! Mrs Wigley Moscato is 50cl not a half bottle (that’s a good error) and the fruit for McWilliam’s Morning Light comes from Riverina. There’s always something. It wouldn’t be the same if all 17000 words were correct!