2010 Moscato della Torre, Marabino, Noto, Sicily, Italy (£34, 75cl, Cheese & Wine Co of Hampton Village, 020-8941 7758; Peckham's shops: in Glasgow, 0141-357 1454; Edinburgh, 0131-668 3737, Aberdeen, 01224-583 688).
The London Wine Trade Fair in May seemed very quiet this year. There were fewer stands and a lot of notable absences, but in the muted atmosphere of Excel, in London's Docklands, I still managed to sniff out a few incredible wines and this is the first that I would like to bring to your attention.
I absolutely adore sweet muscats and the wines from Noto, in Sicily, are invariably sublime. Moscato della Torre is, however, categorically the finest I have ever tasted. It is also a full bottle price, so in the world of top-class sweeties it is a true find.
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The mandarin, caramel and wild honey notes permeate your sense and there is a lovely lick of crisp acidity on the finish to freshen the palate. Awesome with any pudding, this is a must for serious dinner parties. In addition to this heavenly discovery, winemaker Pierpaolo Messina also makes a staggeringly good red 2010 Marabino, Noto, Nero d'Avola (£18, Cheese & Wine Co).
This is, again, the finest of its variety I have tasted. Marabino is clearly a name to follow.
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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