2006 Kepos, Ampeleia, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy (£15.99, Corks Out, 01925-267700, www.corksout.com ).
I met Elisabetta Foradori years ago on my very first wine-tasting trip to Italy. I visited the far north Trentino and Alto Adige and her Teroldego Rotaliano was not only one of the most brilliant wines of the whole tour, but it was also one of the most unique expressions of the terroir there that I have ever tasted.
She was a passionate being and was seen as one of a small band of highly motivated, young, pioneering wine-makers at that time.
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Nothing has changed more than a decade on. When I tasted Kepos the other day, and wrote 'inspirational' in my notes, I was not surprised to hear that she and two partners were behind the wine.
It is made in southern Tuscany, not the far north of the country where she resides, and is a unique blend of very young vine grenache, mourvdre, marselan, Carignano and Alicante. It is one of the most shocking and impressive Italian reds I have tasted in ages.
The Gambero Rosso (a highly respected Italian wine guide) gave Kepos tre bicchieri its top award. For an eminently affordable wine this is praise indeed. It is set to become a cult classic it will never be this price again!
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year.
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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