That’s A Wrap – 100 Best Australian Wines 2023/24 Festival Review

Matthew Jukes - 100 Best Australian Wines - 23-24

The 100 Best Australian Wines 2023/24 Festival Season is upon us.  I have organised four incredibly exciting new Festivals around the UK to showcase the finest Australian wines of the year.  In addition, I have planned two incredibly high-brow on-trade specialist events.  2024 is the 20th year since I started my 100 Best Australian Wines initiative, and to mark this moment, I have upgraded my old roadshow format and Sommelier Lunches into a series of sensational, much larger celebrations.  Food, music, wine, art, Saturday and Sunday afternoons have never been so good – the 100 Best Australian Wine Festivals are epic celebrations of the greatest Australian wines.   Here are the events with full details and links to ticket sales.

TATE MODERN – 2nd March 2024 – SOLD OUT TASTING & DINNER

IMAGES FROM THE EVENT

Tate Modern Blavatnik Building

The Blavatnik Building

Booklets And Glasses

100 Best Booklets

View To St Pauls

Set up and View

The Tate 100 Best Crowd

Action!

High Commissioner Deputy And Hamish Anderson

The Hon Stephen Smith Australian High Commissioner, Deputy Head of Mission Elisabeth Bowes & Hamish Anderson CEO Tate Enterprises

THE EDINBURGH ACADEMY – 23rd March 2024 DONE

IMAGES FROM THE EVENT

The Edinburgh Academy

Setting up at the wonderful The Edinburgh Academy

Polly & Ewan

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Me with Diana Thompson from Wine Events Scotland (picture – Phil Wilkinson)

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 (picture credit – Phil Wilkinson)

Thank you to all of the volunteers, to Diana, her husband Milo and daughter Polly, who with Ewan, expertly piped the guests into the tasting (pictured above).  Thanks also to representatives from Hatch, HN Wines, Fells and ABS Wine Agencies who gave up their Saturdays to pour their wines and bring valuable expertise to proceedings!

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(picture credit – Phil Wilkinson)

THE SCOTTISH ‘SOMMELIER’ EVENT AT HERON 25th March DONE

100 Best Heron March 2024

On Monday, I gathered together 26 elite Scottish on-trade heroes (sommeliers, F&B Directors, chefs, wine buyers & wine tasters). I opened 84 spectacular wines from my 100 Best Australian Wines Report 2023/24 for them to taste. The venue was the epic Heron – one of the most beautiful restaurants in the country. Manager Seoridh Fraser and chef/patron Sam Yorke (and his chef partner and mum) made this event one of the most professional, atmospheric and delicious occasions of my wine life. After the tasting, we all sat down for a stunning Michelin-starred dinner, where we looked deeper into the wines with no spittoons to distract us. As I understand it, this was a gathering like no other with wine experts from The Glenturret, WoodWinters, Smith & Gertrude, eòrna, The Witchery, Killiecrankie House, The Palmerston, Lyla, Aizle, Number One Balmoral, Bar Brett, Fhior, Martin Wishart, Ka Pao, Ox & Finch, The Kitchin, Black Grape Wine Bar, Wedgwood The Restaurant and Port of Leith Distillery in attendance. I know that Aussie wines are adored in Scotland, and on the 20th anniversary of 100 Best, I felt I had to make this the most memorable event imaginable! If you happen to be in the vicinity, I urge you to visit Heron. Be sure to drink Australian and raise a glass to them, retaining their Michelin Star!

BIRMINGHAM GRAND HOTEL – 13th APRIL SOLD OUT TASTING & DINNER

IMAGES FROM THE EVENT

The stunningly refurbished location in the centre of Birmingham

Loki Phil And MJ

Phil Innes, Loki Wine – voted the number one independent wine merchant in the UK by Harpers

Loki 1

the crowd

Loki 2

and they kept on coming…

Loki 3

until…

Loki 4

…The Grand Ballroom was at capacity!

And that was not all because I hosted a fine wine dinner for 44 lucky people that evening with older vintages of 100 Best classics.  This was the largest ever 100 Best Australian Wines event by some margin in Birmingham and I could not have done it without the immense help from the Loki team, the amazing staff at The Grand Hotel and the wine trade representatives, from Moorooduc Estate, Penfolds, ABS Wine Agencies, Liberty Wines, HN Wines, New Generation, Enotria&Coe, Goedhuis Waddesdon, Hill Smith Family Estates, Fells, Hatch Mansfield, Mount Langi Ghiran, Xanadu Estate and Yering Station, who came along on the day to offer their expertise while pouring their stunning wines.

THE LONDON ‘SOMMELIER’ EVENT AT LA LOMA @ OSWALD’S 30th April DONE

La Loma

On Tuesday, I gathered 20 elite ‘London’ on-trade heroes (sommeliers, F&B Directors, chefs, wine buyers & wine tasters). I opened 84 spectacular wines from my 100 Best Australian Wines Report 2023/24 for them to taste, and we followed this with a sensational lunch.  The venue was the spectacular La Loma restaurant in Oswald’s Private Club in Mayfair, London.  Oswald’s is the most famous and exclusive wine club in the country, and because it is a fiercely private place, I did not take any photographs aside from the close-up above to protect the secrecy of this incredible haunt.  Wine Guru and Oswald’s Supremo Tim Parkinson was on hand to welcome attendees from The Gordon Ramsay Group, D.ream (which includes Amazonico, Coya, Roka, Oblix, Zuma, etc.), 67 Pall Mall, Tate Enterprises, Raffles Hotels, The Ritz, The Fat Duck, Medlar, Noble Rot, 5 Hertford Street, PIG Hotels, Woodhead Restaurant Group (64 Goodge St, The Quality Chop House, Clipstone, Portland), Lorne, 10 Greek Street and The Terrace Ventnor.  This was the largest and, indeed, the grandest London event I have ever hosted, and the feedback from all the guests was simply incredible. 

NEWCASTLE WYLAM BREWERY – 19th MAY SOLD OUT TASTING

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Sunday 19th May 2024 – Wylam Brewery, Palace of the Arts, Exhibition Park, Clairemont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ

Mo and Claire from Carruthers & Kent whipped up a frenzied crowd of Aussie wine lovers for the very first 100 Best Australian Wines event in Newcastle.   I am amazed that I had not visited this terrific city before, and my welcome was simply stunning.  We gathered in the Grand Hall of the beautiful Wylam Brewery, which was a fitting finale Festival, not least because we could all enjoy a ‘cleansing ale’ after we wrapped up a truly incredible set of events.  Adam, from Wylam, was invaluable in helping us set up, and then the crowds descended.  Glorious people, great chat, and an excellent thirst for wine and knowledge all made from a thoroughly memorable event.  Thank you all, especially Mo & Claire, their amazing wine shop team and representatives from the following wine importers who gave up their Sunday to support me and their beloved wines – Enotria & Coe, ABS Wine Agencies, Milestone Wines, Hatch Mansfield, Lanchester Wines, Fells and Hill Smith Family Estates.  I have attached some images below so you can see the fun! 

 

20 years – and that’s a wrap

Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2023/24 Festival Wines in Tasting Order

I am extremely proud to show 54 wines this year – the largest number ever poured at a 100 Best Australian Wines Event

Sparkling

NV Croser, Sparkling Brut, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

2020 Idée Fixe, Premier Brut Blanc de Blancs, Margaret River, Western Australia

2017 Jansz Tasmania, Vintage Cuvée, Tasmania

NV Croser, Sparkling Rosé, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

White

2022 Robert Oatley, Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Margaret River, Western Australia

2022 Tyrrell’s, Hunter Valley Semillon, New South Wales

2023 Harewood Estate, Riesling, Porongurup, Western Australia

2022 Philip Shaw, Cool Climate Small Batch Riesling, Orange, New South Wales

2022 Peter Lehmann, Hill & Valley Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia

2022 Dandelion Vineyards, Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley Riesling, South Australia

2022 Stanton & Killeen, Arinto, Rutherglen, Victoria

2022 Laissez Faire by Larry Cherubino, Field Blend, Pemberton, Western Australia

2023 Philip Shaw, The Dreamer Viognier, Orange, New South Wales

2019 Yalumba, The Virgilius Viognier, Eden Valley, South Australia

2023 Oxford Landing Estates, Chardonnay, South Australia

2022 Yering Station, Estate Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria

2022 Howard Park, Miamup Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia

2022 Wakefield, Jaraman Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills / Clare Valley, South Australia

2020 Ocean Eight, Verve Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Red

2022 Harewood Estate, Pinot Noir, Denmark, Western Australia

2022 Laissez Faire by Larry Cherubino, Foudre Pinot Noir, Pemberton, Western Australia

2021 Yering Station, Village Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria

2022 Paringa Estate, Peninsula Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

2021 Moorooduc Estate, Robinson Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

2021 Plan B! Wines, Frespañol Shiraz, Frankland River, Western Australia

2021 Wakefield, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Limestone Coast / Clare Valley, South Australia

2021 Howard Park, Miamup Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia

2021 Moss Wood, Amy’s, Margaret River, Western Australia

2021 Wynns Coonawarra Estate, The Gables Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia

2021 Parker Estate, Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia

2019 Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia

2021 Xanadu, Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia

2018 Robert Oatley, The Pennant Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Australia

2020 Wynns Coonawarra Estate, John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia

2021 Wirra Wirra, Church Block Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz / Merlot, McLaren Vale, South Australia

2019 Yalumba, The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, Barossa, South Australia

2021 Penfolds, Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, South Australia

2022 Elderton, GSM, Barossa, South Australia

2022 Teusner, Joshua, Barossa Valley, South Australia

2018 Yalumba, The Tri-Centenary Grenache, Barossa, South Australia

2021 Torbreck, The Steading, Barossa Valley, South Australia

2019 Even Keel, Syrah, Canberra District

2021 Mount Langi Ghiran, Billi Billi Shiraz, Victoria

2019 Moorooduc Estate, McIntyre Vineyard Shiraz, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

2021 Peter Lehmann, Hill & Valley Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia

2021 Dandelion Vineyards, Lion’s Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz/Riesling, South Australia

2021 Chapel Hill, The MV Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia

2021 Wakefield, Jaraman Shiraz, Clare Valley / McLaren Vale, South Australia

2021 Torbreck, Woodcutter’s Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia

2021 Eisenstone, Ebenezer Shiraz SR802, Barossa Valley, South Australia

2020 Kaesler, The Bogan Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia

2021 Eisenstone, Hoffmann DV Vineyard Ebenezer Shiraz SV902, Barossa Valley, South Australia

2019 Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Michael Shiraz, South Australia

Fortified

NV Stanton & Killeen, Classic Muscat, Rutherglen, Victoria

FIN