13th Edition of Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines launched »

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Matthew Jukes 100 best Australian wines 2016-2017 edition

Matthew Jukes 100 best Australian wines 2016-2017 edition

Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer, authors of Taste Food and Wine
Yalumba, Angaston, South Australia


The 13th edition of Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines was launched at Australia House in London in May to great acclaim from writers, trade and international visitors from across the globe. 

Excitement ahead of the unveiling of the line-up is always high and tasters were not left disappointed with a fantastic selection of wines encompassing a full range of styles across all price points. 

Old faces such as Fox Gordon and Yalumba from the Barossa were joined by 9 ‘newcomers’ to the list such as Gundog Estate from the Hunter Valley and Vinteloper from the Adelaide Hills. 

Others include Amelia Park Wines and Domaine Naturaliste both from Margaret River, Houghton from WA's Swan Valley, La Violetta Wines from Denmark in WA's Great Southern region, Mount Stapylton from Victoria's Northern Grampians, Payten & Jones in the Yarra Valley, and Thorn-Clark, also in the Barossa. 

Many of these new wineries are also relatively new to the UK market and it shows that Australian wines are once again an exciting category to watch.

Matthew’s Winery of the Year was announced as Jim Barry Wines of SA's Clare Valley with Matthew commenting: “This recognition is due to the stellar work that this family-owned firm does in all sectors of their portfolio.  I was fortunate to take part in a 30-year vertical of Jim Barry’s iconic The Armagh Shiraz in October 2015 and it was, without doubt, one of the most memorable and impressive tastings of my wine life. 

From the ridiculously keenly-priced The Lodge Hill Riesling and Shiraz pair, via a new brand The Veto, to Pb, Benbournie, The McRae Wood Shiraz and The Barry Brothers stunning TGAR red blend, everywhere you look the wines are delicious, fairly-priced and made with love.”

Over 300 members of the trade including key press, buyers, educators and winemakers attended the tasting, enjoying a full line up of wines.  Some comments from the trade include:

“An exciting, eclectic mix of wines I wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to try especially side by side.” Warren Adamson, Craggy Range

“I didn’t think it was possible but I am still surprised by the little gems I find at this tasting.” Yves Fourcade, M&S

“The Chardonnays were amazing… These are the wines that truly put Australia on the map.”  Drew Lambert, The Wine Wankers

“I was seriously impressed with the Pinot Noir line up – even better than last year with more variation and individuality shining through.” Laura Jewell, Wine Australia

“A fantastic tasting, a unique line-up as always.  I’ve really enjoyed the off-the-beaten-track wines, from the Fianos to the Portuguese blend.” Tom Surgey, Ridgeview

“I was excited to see so many new wines this year and wines I didn’t know, especially in the whites.” Roger Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

About Matthew Jukes

  • Winner of the Australian Food Media Award for 'Best Food and Wine Writing'. 
  • Author of fourteen wine books and the weekly wine writer for Weekend Magazine, Daily Mail (9m readers) since 1999 and also MoneyWeek since 2006. (See related links below for a selection)
  • Award-winning restaurant wine list writer for over a quarter of a century with Bibendum Restaurant. 
  • Creator of The Great Australian Red – the annual quest to find the best cabernet/shiraz, which according to Jukes is 'the blend that defines Australia'.
  • He is one of the world’s most respected experts on Australian wine.  Matthew was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner. He joins an eminent list of previously appointed Honorary Australians, including Lord Carrington, Baroness Greenfield and Sir David Attenborough.


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