Last week I attended the launch of Matthew Jukes’s 100 Best Australian Wines 2013/14.
This annual list is eagerly anticipated and in many ways is the ‘grandaddy’ of the current spate of similar lists. It is full of fabulous wines; the rieslings from the 2012 vintage, the range of chardonnays and the elegance of the reds struck me in particular.
Here are three wines all offering great value. Jim Barry The Lodge Riesling 2012, Clare Valley (Majestic £12.49 but £9.99 if you buy 2) is full of steely lime with, zesty acidity, which cries out for fresh seafood. Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2011, Margaret River (Majestic £14.99 buy 2 for £11.99) is complex with tropical fruit and a hint of vanilla nose followed by a buttery, well-balanced palate, a wine to turn you back to chardonnay if you ever left.
TOP TIPPLE: Yalumba The Scribbler 2010, Barossa
I’ve recommended this brilliant wine before but with the 2010 vintage this is a wine that you should be buying by the case and drinking slowly over the next five years. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz which totally over delivers, packed with flavour including blackcurrants, plums, spices and liquorice which just needs a barbecued leg of lamb to help it on its way.
Hermitage Cellars £12.20