The Eighteenth Edition
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.
Anyone looking seriously at laying down top Australian red and white wines for the long term should make a point of attending Matthew Jukes’s annual 100 Best Australian Wine Report tasting.
Absolutely fascinating. I have phoned my friend to say I am not going to make dinner because I want to taste every wine. The way your notes bring the wines to life is amazing.
The entire list is mesmerizing; your words conveying such focussed insight, with wonderful expression.
The 100 Best is a great showcase for Australia’s ever increasing number of truly fine wines. It’s a great snap shot of the great and the good, the established names and the new kids on the block. The price range is impressive from good value supermarket wines right up to Grange. Matthew’s notes on the wines and wineries are precise, insightful and make you want to try the wines.
I really enjoyed the 100 Aussies and I also really enjoyed your tasting notes – full of energy and precision.
You are an inspiration for our team. Truly incredible customer focus, enthusiasm and commitment – with an unrivalled experience and depth of knowledge to back it up.
What I love about 100 Best is seeing Australia evolve and progress, plus the surprises that are always on the table.
It’s the most elegant and balanced line up of Australian wines that I have tasted.
The diversity of 100 Best is most impressive. What is interesting is that it doesn’t come down to region but winemakers intent and confidence – it’s a truly exciting range.