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Newsflash – The iconic Seresin Estate winery has been sold to two Marlborough winemakers

The iconic Seresin Estate winery has been sold to two Marlborough winemakers Media Release: Embargoed to 21st March 12:00pm NZ time New winemaking hub to promote innovative and collaborative winemaking to celebrate the diversity of the Marlborough wine region Ben Glover and Rhyan Wardman have bought the iconic Seresin winery, four kilometres west…
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2017 Whispering Angel, Caves d’Esclans, Sacha Lichine, Côtes de Provence Rosé, France

2017 Whispering Angel, Caves d'Esclans, Sacha Lichine, Côtes de Provence Rosé, France I have been tracking this wine since day one - and I mean eleven years ago when Sacha Lichine realised his dream to launch an elite Provence Rosé not just yesterday when this preview sample was delivered to my door.  As every year rolls by Whispering Angel reaches…
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2016 Bekkers McLaren Vale Grenache & Syrah Grenache

2016 Bekkers McLaren Vale Grenache & 2016 Bekkers McLaren Vale Syrah Grenache Emmanuelle and Toby Bekkers have continued their quest for excellence with a fabulous duo of 2016 releases.  Both wines are predictably sensual and layered with plush, pliable, gleamingly pure fruit their sonorous calling card.  What attracts me so much to these two…
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Viña Real’s very own Cork v Screwcap comparison – only one winner

2013 Viña Real, Crianza, Rioja, Spain (approx. £11.65, Fortnum & Mason tel. 020 7734 8040, D Byrne & Co. tel. 01200 423152, Cheers Wine Merchants tel. 01792 403895, Hailsham Cellars tel. 01323 846238, Hot Corks tel. 01622 884453).   While I have enjoyed a thoroughly respectful relationship with Viña Real for three decades I was rather…
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Winter Offer of 50% off becoming a Member of matthewjukes.com

As you will see from the rather festive banner on my home page, I am offering existing Friends and new Members a chance to sign up to full Membership for only £30 (a 50% discount on my regular rate) for your first year of membership.  This will allow you to read and download my Burgundy En Primeur Report, my Bordeaux En Primeur Report, my 100 Best…
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1968 Taylor’s Single Harvest Tawny Port, Portugal

Continuing Taylor’s philosophy of releasing 50-year-old, rare Tawnies, here is the present for all of your friends turning 50 next year.  Sadly, I wasn’t a fan of the 1967 release, given it was my birth year, but those youngsters born in 1968 have reason to celebrate because this wine is a beauty.  The nose is superb, with classic, mature…
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2009 La Rioja Alta S.A., Gran Reserva 904, Rioja, Spain

It is worth bearing in mind, before you read the rest of this note, that this wine is £38.50 per bottle by the time you factor in duty and VAT.  I say this because, in terms of the world’s most respected brands and their own iconic wines, this is a small price to pay for such a legendary label.  2009 is a good vintage in Rioja and 904 is being…
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Hungarian Tokaji from Oremus, owned by Vega-Sicilia

Hungarian Tokaj from Oremus, owned by Vega-Sicilia 2016 Mandolás Dry Furmint (£19.95, www.bbr.com) is a very dry, tangy release and while it is certainly invigorating and tense, it seems just a little too hard for me.  Given six months it might soften a touch, but I would not bet on it. 17+/20 2015 Noble Late Harvest (£19.50, 50cl bottle,…