2008 Tim Adams, Aberfeldy, Clare Valley, South Australia (£24.99, Tesco).
It might seem a little odd to have to traipse off to Tesco to buy one of Australia's finest wines, but the supermarket has long been a supporter of Tim Adams' Riesling (which, by the way, is phenomenal in 2012 so keep your eyes peeled). So Tesco gets first stab at his other wines, too.
Aberfeldy is one of the best value icon' wines in Australia. Bonecrusher' Adams is a fair man and while other bottles cross the £100 mark and some have romped over the £500 mark(!), he has kept his vanity and greed in check. He has also not made a wine like this for a while and I like this vintage so much that I put it in my 100 Best List last year. It has taken an eternity for the stock to turn up and you are the first to hear about it, so don't dillydally.
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I flicked back in my tasting book to reread my first impressions of this wine "black forest gteau notes, prunes soaked in Armagnac and a liberal dusting of cracked pepper". I tasted it again a week ago and it has mellowed a touch and the nose is even more expressive. It is truly magnificent. I urge you to buy this wine. I have a feeling that we won't see its like again.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).
Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.
Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.
He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.
Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’. He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner.
Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.
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