Wednesday Wines

Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 217 – Previews of 2 Legendary Releases: Vin de Constance & Terlaner Primo I Grande Cuvée

2021 Cantina Terlano, Terlaner Primo I Grande Cuvée, Alto Adige, Italy (retailer information was given to me by the UK agents Astrum - approx. £250.00, www.sociovino.com,  www.harrogatefinewinecompany.com, www.fieldandfawcett.co.uk, www.falconvintners.com). I have unusually strong ties with Cantina Terlano and its wines.  A long time ago, Terlano’s…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 216 – English Wine Week 15th – 23rd June

Here are a dozen elite English wines that I have tasted recently to celebrate English Wine Week.  None of these have been featured in any of my other columns, and they all sit in this country’s highest echelons of winemaking. FIZZ NV Simpsons, Chalklands Classic Cuvée (£29.00, www.simpsonswine.com). Chalklands is too easy to open, pour and…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 215 – The Definitive Portuguese Summer Collection

Regular readers will know that I often head to Portugal in May to recharge the batteries, but I can't seem to leave the day job behind, so I am always on the hunt for great wines.  Believe it or not, this article is one of the most read each year on matthewjukes.com.  This is because so many people (with great taste!) go on holiday to Portugal each…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 214 – A pair of high-scoring spectacular Italian Reds

2019 San Leonardo, Marchesi Guerrieri Gonzaga, Tenuta San Leonardo, Trentino, Italy (£438.00 for 6 bottles - £73 each, www.honestgrapes.co.uk). I have long enjoyed this heavenly northern Italian icon red wine.  I particularly loved the 2016 vintage I wrote up in MoneyWeek many moons ago.  The 2018 vintage was another sleek and polished beauty,…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 213 – 2024 Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé & RHS Chelsea Flower Show

2024 Babylonstoren, Mourvèdre Rosé, Simonsberg-Paarl, South Africa (£17.95, shop.thenewtinsomerset.com). You will have seen on every news channel in the land that the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is taking place this week in SW3, and this wine is the official rosé of the 2024 Chelsea Flower Show.  It is even more fitting…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 212 – A preview of a stunning pair of 2022 La Chapelles

I was fortunate to taste 2023 Château La Lagune with Caroline and Delphine Frey at the Château back in April and after I had finished my tasting note (which you can read, free to view, on this website) they pulled a couple of rabbits out of the hat!  Not released for a couple of months, this is a genuine scoop, and I cannot commend this pair…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 211 – A preview of three phenomenal Wynns Classics & bonus trio from Torbreck

I am very fortunate to receive super-early preview bottles of fine wine from all over the planet.  The privilege for this ‘pre-screening’ of epic wines is not lost on me.  While I tend to wait to publish notes until the embargo arrives or the wines reach the UK’s shores, sometimes I throw caution to the wind and post my thoughts on wines that…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 210 – A Dozen Italian Beauties from Lea & Sandeman

www.leaandsandeman.co.uk I wrote a piece in MoneyWeek on the 19th of April (which you can read on this website) highlighting a Lea & Sandeman classic, 2020 Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso Azienda Agricola Visintini.  A couple more Italians caught my eye, so I thought it best to list them here.  I urge you to assemble a mixed dozen because I am…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 209 – Another stellar Chardonnay from Larry Cherubino

2022 Cherubino, Gingin Willows Vineyard Chardonnay, Wilyabrup, Margaret River, Western Australia (£36.50, www.goedhuis.com). The eagle-eyed among you will already be aware that Larry Cherubino is my 100 Best Australian Wines ‘Winery of the Year’.  For completeness, here are some of his entries in my 2023/24 100 Best Report.  There is a lot…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 208 – La Fiorita, Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

It was a pleasure to meet Natalie Oliveros from La Fiorita in London last week to taste her fascinating portfolio of wines. Here are my thoughts - 2022 Ninfalia Rosato La Fiorita (£70.00 (magnum), www.stannarywine.com).  Montalcino (100% Sangiovese); 12.5% alc. Six months in 17.5hl Nomblot concrete egg Only bottles in magnums, and with…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 207 – The UK Launch of the 2012 Billecart-Salmon Pair

  2012 Billecart-Salmon Louis & Elisabeth Launch The Connaught 10th April 2024  An NV version introduced each of the 2012 vintage wines launched today – this clever tactic offered tasters an opportunity to sight the target before firing the gun. Each 2012 vintage wine was followed by an equivalent a decade or so older to indicate…
Matthew Jukes -Articles- Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 206 – Truly Tremendous Torbreck

 The New Releases These notes were taken on 15th February 2024 Torbreck winemaker Ian Hongell was in town a couple of weeks ago to show previews of his new releases.  The first batch of wines was launched on 1st March, but I have held back my article until midway between the 1st of March launch of The Steading, The Struie, Descendant and The Factor…